08 Dec North Coast Trip: Yehliu Geopark & Keelung P.2
Read Part 1 here: North Coast Day Trip: Yehliu Geopark & Keelung Part 1
Keelung City (基隆) is a port city located in Northeastern Taiwan, just about half an hour drive away from the Yehliu Geopark. It makes the perfect end-of-day destination as it’s home to one of the most famous night markets in Taiwan – Miaokou Night Market (基隆廟口夜市). The Keelung Maritime Plaza/Ocean Plaza (基隆海洋廣場) nearby also offers a spectacular night view of the harbor and the surrounding hillsides.
How to get to Keelung from the Yehliu Geopark?
After exiting from the Yehliu Geopark, walk back to the bus station the same way you walked there. This time you are going to wait at the bus stop on the opposite side of the road for bus #862 or #790. These two buses will take you directly to the Keelung Station. From there you will be able to walk to the Miaokou Night Market, the Maritime Plaza and the Keelung Harbor.
What to see in Keelung?
1. Miaokou Night Market (基隆廟口夜市)
The Miaokou Night Market is one of the must-visit night markets in Taiwan, located in downtown Keelung. You know you are in the right place when you see three rows of bright yellow lanterns lining the food stalls on each side. The Miaokou Night Market encircles the famous Dianji Temple in a “L” shape. The word “Miaokou” literally translate to “temple entrance”, emphasizing the unique geographical location of this particular night market.
The Miaokou Night Market is not the biggest night market in Taiwan but it is an extremely popular one. It attracts locals and tourists from all over Taiwan, mostly due to its fresh selections of local seafood. The market also operates 24 hours a day making it convenient for you to enjoy delicious food from morning to night. Do note that it can get overwhelmingly packed on weekend nights, but all the delicious delicacies are worth the trip.
For night market food suggestions, read Night Markets in Taiwan: What to Eat?
2. Keelung Maritime Plaza (基隆海洋廣場)
After stuffing your face with delicious night market food, it’s the perfect time to take a stroll along the harbor and walk all those calories off. One of my favorite spot to hang out at nearby would be the Maritime Plaza (also known as Ocean Plaza). This is walking distance from the Miaokou Night Market, and it’s distinctively marked by huge LED “K-E-E-L-U-N-G” letters. You could even grab food at the night market and sit by the Maritime Plaza to watch the oceans.
3. Keelung Harbor (基隆港)
You can also walk further along the harbor and check out the cityscape from a different perspective. The skyline here isn’t as glamorous and captivating as it would be in places like Hong Kong. You can expect a different kind of beauty – serenity and tranquility.
How to get back to Taipei from Keelung?
Walk back to the Keelung Station. There is a convenient #1800 shuttle bus that will take you directly back to Taipei. It will make a stop at the Zhongxiao Dunhua MRT Station.