Ai He (Love River) was a river where most loving couples come for a stroll years ago. At one stage, it was also a symbol of tragic love where young couples who can't be accepted by their own families came to take their own lives in proving their love for one another.
The Love River of Kaohsiung was a sticky river long time ago as it was where most sewer meets before heading to the sea... The river was cleaned up around 80-90s and the smell has certainly improved quite a lot from those days.
The Yan-Cherng District of Kaohsiung (that is just right next to the love river) - close to the other side of the Dragon Lantern was once the most expensive area of Kaohsiung with most of the imported goods in some parts of it. You can find the pubs and more foreign language book stores (ie: the Cave Book store) that sells mostly foreign literatures. Loads of foods to try around the love river that has been around for years and famous among the locals. It has been taken over by some of the new areas as the MRT station no longer cutting through the heart of this area. But if you do not mind walking a little, you can try the local food of Roast Duck noodles, Po Po Ice, Stew stores and the deep fried food stores (only make in Taiwan) and also the breakfast shop that makes really good soybean drinks and the local breakfast items. Bakery, shops and the good department stores are all nearby with some morning market around. Definitely recommended - unfortunately, I can't find the other places associated with the love river here to individually go through here.
The Kaohsiung history museum and the movie museum is also quite a nice place to go & understand a bit of the history of Kaohsiung. If you see the 228 Peace Memorials Parks next to the Love River, have a read of their stories - this is a democratic move for the local Taiwanese people that were opposed by the military and the army back then. You can probably also have a glance of some of the pictures in the museum as it was a bloody event for the southern part of Taiwan.
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