The Kaohsiung Literary Museum is located among the greenery in the northwest side of Central Park in Kaohsiung City. It is a classic two-story building on Minsheng Road, also known as the wooded roadway. The total floor area of the building is about 17,000 square feet, and has been used as a library since 1954. In 2013, the library fought for the opportunity to get a subsidy for a program called “Space in the Public Library and Operating Improvement Plan” from the Council of Cultural Affairs. It was then transformed into a multi-functional, high-quality literary reading space that combines literary creation and cultural leisure, in addition to featuring literature collections. It was re-opened on March 29, 2004 and was renamed "The Kaohsiung Literary Museum," becoming the first literary museum to be named after the City.
Since 2006, it has been listed as a "Local Cultural Museum" by the Council for Cultural Affairs. The Museum has since completed its collection and information display featuring a variety of characteristic writers. In the same year, the "Kaohsiung Writers Archive Corner" was finalized and has remained in continuous operation. This Information Area now displays nearly 200 writers’ resumes, photographs, chronological books, catalogues, and related works for readers.
In line with the era of networking, the “Archive of the Kaohsiung Writers Digital Information Collection” was established, which led to the Library’s paper materials being converted into digital data. The contents include writers’ data, full-length videos of writers’ lectures, full text of the work, scans of the original books, E-books, etc., as well as providing visitors with access to the Internet. The archive became a pioneer in the establishment of digital collections for urban writers and their works in domestic literature museums. It also serves as a model for the integration of local literature promotion and networking, as well as accomplishing the task of collecting, saving, and displaying Kaohsiung literary works.
In 2009, a literary trail was built in the Literature Park and a memorial statue of Yeh Shih-tao was completed. It was named "Kaohsiung City’s Excellent Library" by the Ministry of Education in the category of National Public Library in 2013 and 2016.
The Kaohsiung Literary Museum has a mission to pass along literature. In addition, it actively promotes youth literature and holds an annual event known as the "Kaohsiung Youth Literary Awards". The rewards and the writing platform are provided by the Literary Museum to encourage young people to write and to explore their creative potential. This is done not only to cultivate a younger generation of writers, but also to collect and publish youth literature so that it can be seen by the public.
In 2016, through the Ministry of Education's promotion of the Public Library Scholarship Excellence Model Subsidy Project, the Kaohsiung Literary Museum was transformed into a literary model museum. The plan was to focus on introducing outdoor landscapes and light into the interior of the library to bring forth a sense of greenery and bright space in order to create a unique reading atmosphere where Kaohsiung Literature may be enjoyed. This plan included the improvement of the entrance line, the redesign of the information desk, the adjustment of the theme display area, the integration and redesign of the original Kaohsiung Writers Information Corner on the second floor into a digital multimedia display, as well as plans to display writers’ works and manuscripts as a theme exhibition.
In addition to retaining its library functions, the Museum gradually transformed into a venue for professional literary exhibitions and pavilions. Organizing literary lectures, new book releases and other important literary-related activities became a priority, as well as connecting with the surrounding community libraries. This created a friendlier atmosphere among the people and fostered a literary garden that makes literature more accessible to the people, establishing reading as the new temperament of the City.
Location：No. 39, Minsheng 2nd Road, Qianjin District Kaohsiung City, 801
TEL : 07-261-1706 FAX : 07-261-1603
Opening time：Tuesday - Saturday 9:00-21:00, Sunday 9:00-17:00
Closed on Monday & National holidays