Keelung is famous for its night market at Miaokou, which offers endless food stands from seafood to Taiwanese snacks and desserts. On top of the hill is the famous Kuan Yin (Goddess of Mercy) Buddhist Statue, which overlooks Keelung. You can admire the city and harbor view from inside the 22.5 meter (74-foot) statue.
Japanese pirates once occupied Keelung Harbor in the 16th Century. The Spanish (1626), Dutch (1641), French (1894) and Japanese (1895) have all invaded this strategic port in the past. It is now one of Taiwan's five international seaports.
Keelung is located at Taiwan's northern tip. It is 29 kilometers (about 17 miles) northeast of Taipei.