There’s always so many things to do in Taiwan, which is one of the reasons why we decided to relocate and live here. Whenever we get a chance, we like to explore the country and any events or activities that are currently running. On the 30th of January during the Chinese New Year 6 day long weekend we went to check out the Where’s Wally Exhibit at the National Science and Technology Museum in Kaohsiung. We had heard about this exhibit for a while from others who had been.
Apparently it has been running since December last year and ends mid way through February this year. So we thought we should take advantage of the exhibit now that Zoe is at a great age to observe and interact with the exhibit. She is now 4 months old and we’ve noticed she is more aware of her surroundings and she doesn’t need as much sleep anymore.
Nostalgia From Fond Childhood Memories
Where’s Wally definitely brings up some childhood memories for the both of us. It’s a very nostalgic feeling we both get when we think about how much we enjoyed Where’s Wally as kids. The classic books which always provided hours of fun with friends and family and the cartoon TV series, which I personally watched everyday that it was on!
Regardless of how old or young you are, I think Where’s Wally is a cartoon that transcends age and culture. I mean, the fact that we grew up in Australia with Where’s Wally and now here in Taiwan there’s a whole exhibit dedicated to it, just shows you how much of an impact it has made all around the world. It was also pretty nice to share the experience of our childhood with Zoe.
How to get to the National Science and Technology Museum Kaohsiung Taiwan
The Where’s Wally exhibit is located at the National Science and Technology Museum in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. There are always different activities and exhibits running throughout the year too.
There are a few ways to get to the National Science and Technology Museum in Kaohsiung. If you are traveling outside of Kaohsiung, the best and fastest way is using the High Speed Rail, which runs across Taiwan. Once you arrive at the High Speed Rail station called Zuoying, the directions are exactly the same whether you are traveling within Kaohsiung or outside of Kaohsiung.
Below I will go through how we traveled to the National Science and Technology Museum from Tainan. But, as I mentioned, you can use the same directions once you arrive at the High Speed Rail Zuoying station.
From Tainan, we took a high speed rail train to Kaohsiung. There’s a free shuttle bus around Tainan that takes you directly to the high speed rail station. From there, it’s a 10 minute train ride to Zuoying, which is the only high speed rail station in Kaohsiung.
From Zuoying High Speed Rail, you can exit on the left walking towards the Shin Kong Mitsukoshi Shopping Mall that’s connected to the station. The MRT is located on the left hand side once you go down the escalators, with signs clearly marking the direction both in Chinese and English.
We then took the MRT on the red line going towards Siaogang to Kaohsiung Main Station. It costs 25TWD per person. Once we arrived, we exited and made our way to the bus station just outside the Kaohsiung Main Station entrance.
We took bus 60 for 12TWD per person and stopped directly opposite the Science and Technology Museum. The buses here comes pretty regularly and on every bus, there’s a LED display inside the bus, located at the front of the bus with an announcement at each passing stop both in Chinese and English. The stop is called Ke Gong Guan in Chinese and the Science Museum in English.
Where’s Wally: The Happiness Hunt Exhibit
Once you arrive, you can walk straight into the building where you’ll find a Where’s Wally stand selling admission tickets. These tickets a valid for any day of the week.
I was surprised that there weren’t that many people. Though the exhibit had been running for a while, I thought there would be more people since it’s a long weekend. There was no line or waiting time, so it was perfect to have Zoe in the pram with us throughout the whole time so she could rest for some of the time. I was worried that if there were too many people, it would be very difficult to stroll her in her pram or that it would be a bit overwhelming for her.
The exhibit was pretty fun I have to say. There were plenty of huge displays to interact with, classic posters hung up on the walls where you had to find Wally and the other characters. We were also given these cards, where you had to find the character on the card.
My favorite part of the experience was this unique screen, which displays a life size version of your colored-in Wally. Basically, this was more for kids, but we did it anyway. There were tables, crayons and blank sheets of Wally on the table. You basically color in Wally as you like, and bring it up to the worker for them to scan. The worker then scans it and it appears on the screen. Super cool and fun!
Having the exhibit in Taiwan, there was also a Taiwanese market display, which was pretty fun too!
We also enjoyed checking out the gift store for the merchandise. The merchandise was pretty expensive and for us, we are not huge hard-core fans so we decided not to get anything. We did have fun with the merchandise though in the store 😛 We also decided to take a sticker photo in the photobooth, which cost 50TWD (about $1.50).
We spent a good 3 hours there and it was perfect time to head back before it got really late.
Overall the Where’s Wally exhibit was super fun. It is targeted to kids but if you grew up loving the books and the Where’s Wally TV show, you’ll definitely like this exhibit. It’s a very nostalgic experience to bring Zoe there and share with her some of your childhood memories of Where’s Wally.