Ranked secondmost beautiful metro station in the world, the Formosa Boulevard Station is definitely a site to be seen while visiting Kaohsiung. The station is known for the dome of light, the largest glass work in the world, designed by Italian artist Narcissus Quagliata. It is 30 metres in diameter and covers an area of 2,180 square metres, made up of 4,500 glass panels.
Formosa Boulevard station is named after the remodelling of Kaohsiung’s Jhongshan Road during the preparation for the 2009 World Games, Formosa in turn representing Ilha Formosa, the name of the island commonly referred to as Taiwan. The station is a three-level, underground station with an island platform and two side platforms. The Orange Line station is 334 metres long, while the Red Line station is 209 metres long.
The dome tells the story of human life in four chronologically arranged themes: Water, cradle of life Earth, representing prosperity and growth. Light, for the creative mind. Fire, for destruction and rebirth, with a backdrop of a message of love and tolerance.