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Southwest Coast National Scenic Area - Budai Visitor Center

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In contrast to the northern and eastern coastlines, which are characterized by steep cliffs and rugged mountains, the western coast of Taiwan is largely flat. The stretch of coast from Taipei in the north to Kaohsiung in the south is heavily industrialized, but there are a number of areas that serve as natural habitats for wildlife including migratory birds and other coastal dwellers. In order to protect these precious habitats and to create a recreational area for visitors at the same time, a new national scenic area was established in the end of 2003, which is administered by the ROC Tourism Bureau. The Southwest Coast National Scenic Area, which includes the coastal areas of Yunlin, Chiayi, and Tainan counties, is known for its sandbanks, marshes, river deltas, and wetlands, which are home to a large number of endemic bird species and serve as a resting place for many migratory birds during the winter. Besides its ecological value, this new scenic area also has a lot of other attractions, such as the traditional production of salt from seawater, the local fishing industry, old temples and other historic sites that make a trip worthwhile.

Ocean Hotel Visitor Center
Standing beside the Budai port, this hotel has a beautiful ocean style. The huge crab decoration and blue painting make you feel like you're living in Greece. There is a visitor center on the first floor which provides tourist guide service. Also, there are shops beside it where you can find souvenirs.

Travel Information

(Traffic information is subject to change. Please check with the transportation station before departure.)
No. 61, Shun'an Rd., Budai Township, Chiayi County
Southwest Coast National Scenic Area - Budai Visitor Center Links

Nat'l Hwy 1 → Chiayi System Interchange → Prov. Hwy 82 → County Hwy 157 → Prov. Hwy 17 → Shanghai Rd. → Shun'an Rd. → Budai Visitor Center.


Take the train to Xinying Station, transfer Xinying Bus (bound for Budai Harbor) to Budai Visitor Center stop.

Accessible Transportation:


1.Take HSR to Chiayi station, transfer to Taiwan Tourist Shuttle Southwest Coast Route 7702(one low floor accessible bus per day), get off at Budai Port station. Please see bus schedule on Taiwan Tourist Shuttle Web.

2.Take TRA to Chiayi Train Station, transfer to Chiayi bus 7209(some of buses are Low), get off at Budai Visitor Center station.

Open Hours:

Opening hours depends on hotels

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