The Dome Of Light

Photos by MJ Klein

Hui-chen and I had a few opportunities to check out the new KRT while we were in Kaohsiung.  We also took a look at the “Dome Of Light” in Formosa Boulevard station.

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Approaching the station, we saw these bikes in the rack:

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There are plenty of bike racks to lock up your fixie along the road on the way to the KRT station.

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This is the Oil Refinery Elementary School station entrance.

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For some strange reason, all the side entrances were locked that day.

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Here is the ground-level entrance to the station.

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As we reported before, there are maps at each station – very convenient.

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The train approaches and we’re about to get on.

The trains were absolutely packed due to the holiday.  Hui-chen and I never even saw a seat, nevermind sitting on one.  Passengers need to learn to move to the inside of the cars though.  There seems to be some fear of not being able to get off at your station, much like how people crowd the elevator doors instead of moving towards the back.

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We reached Formosa Boulevard Station and got off the train to take a look at the Dome of Light.

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The Dome of Light tells a story that the artist had in mind when the Dome was created.

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It’s quite colorful and impressive in person.

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Lots of people were taking photographs that day.  Notice the horn band in the background.  They were using a keyboard drum machine and bass while playing live horns.

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This is an explaination about the story behind the Dome of Light.  There are audio tours available too, so you can take a walking tour and hear the story if you are interested.

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The above-ground stations look pretty cool too.

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Next we took a walk to another nearby station because it looks cool.

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This is Central Park station.

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The station was jam packed so we didn’t stay for long.

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19 comments

  1. Those bikes seems like a minimalist’s approach to bicycling. Dome of light looks majestic man and as David said, it must very impressive to see that in person. Great photos MJ. Nice colors in there.

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    1. the bikes look like fixies with coaster brakes because i didn’t see any brake levers installed anywhere. i *doubt* that they’re brakeless like the stupid rage in the US to ride track bikes on the street with no brakes (dumb!).

      The Dome of Light is a surreal place in the middle of the subway and that shouldn’t surprise anyone who knows Taiwan. hope you get a chance to see it sometime.

  2. WOW… those are some amazing pics from inside of Formosa Boulevard Station. Lots of different and amazing looking colors.

    1. Mike, it looks quite impressive in person too. i found it interesting, but frankly not interesting enough to want to take the audio tour. but still, this shows Taiwan’s commitment to art.

      1. One thing I forgot to mention. The first pic… kind of reminds me of being on a side street in the Harvard Square area 🙂

  3. Fabulous photos! I love how Kaohsiung really put in the effort to have every station designed differently. I am impressed. I have only seen these stations from the outside, so thank you for posting these!

    Sandys last blog post..Castles and Cathedrals

    1. Sandy, you’re welcome! yes, the designs of the stations is quite well executed and as you pointed out, each station is different from the others. i can’t say enough about the KRT system. it’s one of the best ever.

  4. The Dome of Light looks cool. I shot a bunch of images there at CNY but haven’t had a chance to look at them yet. I’ll be happy if some of mine are as good as these.

    OT but does the KMRT seem narrower than Taipei’s one to you? That was one thing S and I were wondering about – Taipei’s MRT seems to have wider carriages.

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    1. Craig, i wouldn’t worry about your photos of the Dome – i’m sure they are spectacular.

      re: Taipei MRT, to be honest i have very little experience with the Taipei system. it’s been so long since i rode the Taipei MRT that i can’t remember what they looked like well enough to respond to your question about the size. i’ll have to think about that next time i happen to ride the MRT.

  5. Nice photos. I hear there is some controversy about the “international” Artist who collected a Big paycheck for the Dome? I’ll be visiting my partner in JhongHe City,Taipei @ the end of the month. I want to check it out along with several of the places I seen on your site Thanks.

    1. oh? i didn’t hear anything about the controversy. do you know what it’s about? we hope you have time on your upcoming trip to check out the Dome. thanks Dave.

      1. It’s apparently,per my Taiwanese friend in Taipei,something to do with the amount paid and the legitimacy of the artists credentials. Either way it’s beautiful.

        1. Dave, there are always controversies here involving money. i couldn’t care less either way, lol. i’m with you – the Dome looks cool so let it rest.

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