Attraction 168 Gaotie West Road, Taibao City, Chiayi County, Taiwan Published on: 13-11-2015
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Why Chiayi Station is special ?
Chiayi Station is a railway station located in West District, Chiayi City, Taiwan, which serves Taiwan Railway Administration (TRA) Western Line and the Alishan Forest Railway Main Line (Alishan Line). The station was firstly constructed in 1896 and opened on 20 April 1902 with service on the Western Line. Service to the Alishan Forest Railway began in 1912. The station was renovated in June 1933 to its current structure The Chiayi Train Station is the gateway to the city; therefore, it is closely connected to the development of this region. After the North - South Highway commenced operation, Chiayi Train Station became the center of city development, as it was located at the pivot point of railway and highway traffic. The architecture of this railway station is highly representative of the local history and culture.
What to explore at Chiayi Station?
Chiayi Station is a major stop along the North-South Railway, as well as the starting point of the Alishan Railway. It has been a very busy gateway in the region. The moderate railway station was a steel concrete structure with classical symmetry design, simple gables, geometric totems, and streamlined modern design. The platform roofs of the Chiayi Train Station have a very special design; they were constructed with the railway tracks. The Chiayi Train Station was once a very important gateway, serving the functions as a passenger, cargo, and sugar dpot. The at-grade station has one island platform and one side platform. It is a steel concrete structure with classical symmetry design, simple gables, geometric totems and streamlined modern design.
How to get to Chiayi Station?
Chiayi Station also serves the mainline TRA, so it's easy to take a train or HSR to reach the place. You can also take bus or taxi to get there.
- Clean and modern station
- Gateway to western and eastern pleasures
- Very handy for Western comforts
- Big new station, with two balconies
- The best views to the surrounding mountains in Alishan
168 Gaotie West Road, Taibao City, Chiayi County, Taiwan
Tips for you
I liked how this station is central to most everything with the free shuttle to the high speed rail just at the rear exit. Bus stations are just a short walk out front. Luggage can also be left at the station for NT$50 per piece while one can go by foot to the night market and shopping area adjacent to the station. What I don't like is the proliferation of touts. There is a visitor's center with helpful staff right at the station so be sure to consult here before dealing with the touts, if you absolutely must. The coffee shop outside the station on the way to the bus stop provides cheap great coffee and tea with free wifi and friendly service.