Taipei 101 (台北101), formerly known as the Taipei World Financial Centre, is the tallest landmark in Taiwan. Situated in Xinyi District, Taipei, the skyscraper stands at 509.2 m (1,671 ft) and was the world’s tallest building in 2004 before the completion of Burj Khalifa in 2009. Nevertheless, it is still the largest and highest-use green building in the world. The 101-storey building is designed to withstand typhoons and earthquakes common in Taiwan.
Taipei 101 can be reached by MRT at Taipei 101 (台北101) Station. As you walk out of the MRT exit, you will know that you are in the correct place if you see Din Tai Fung 鼎泰豐 on your right. Here you are standing at the base of the tower.
The view from below upon exiting the MRT station.
Besides the tower, the base of the building houses a multi-level shopping mall, food court, various restaurants and stores (including Din Tai Fung 鼎泰豐), and an international grocery store.
Evening view from afar (Photo credit: Asia Green Buildings)
The Taipei 101 Observatory consists of 4 floors, from Level 88 to 91, of the iconic towers. The elevator will take you up to 89th floor where the Indoor Observatory deck is at 382 meters above the ground. At this floor, you will get a 360-degree unobstructed view of the city. Visitors can learn more of Taipei 101 from the planning, design, structure to construction of this tower. The Observatory is also equipped with high-powered binoculars, refreshments and photography services.
A floor below, on 88th floor is where a super big wind damper is suspended. As you walk the corridor towards the wind damper, a showcase of Taiwan’s natural beauty in well-known scenic locations will mesmerize you. In the middle of the floor, the world’s largest damper, weighing 660 metric tons and measuring at 5.5-meter diameter, is suspended within the building to offset the force of wind and help Taipei 101 stand upright.
The Outdoor Observatory is on the 91st floor. This Observatory is accessible by stairs from the 89th floor. However, this floor is only open on days with occasions and subjected to weather conditions. Definitely, not open on strong windy days!
Tickets to the observatory can be purchased on the 5th floor of the mall.
Fact: Taipei 101 has a Guinness World Record breaking high-speed elevator from the 5th floor to the observatory on the 89th floor in only 37 seconds, travelling at the speed of 1,010 metres/min (60.6KPH).
Opening hours: Every day from 9am to 10pm
Taipei 101 Observatory ticket prices:
General Ticket: NT$600
Student (with ID): NT$540
Child (under 115cm): Free
TIPS: If you don’t fancy paying such a hefty amount to get to the Observatory deck but would still like to enjoy the city’s bird’s eye-view from sky above, we have another cooler option for you and it will only cost you your Starbucks fix.
Enjoy the view from Starbucks at Level 35. Walk round the Taipei 101 building and make sure the Mall is on your right. You’ll see big glass doors with a few security guards. You will know you are in the right place if you notice a bunch of office men taking smoke breaks in front of the doors. Since you cannot enter the building without an access card, turn left at the entrance and walk towards to an ATM-like machine. Type in Starbucks in Level 35 and a pass will be issued to you. You’re welcome!
Address: 110, Taiwan, Taipei City No.45 Xinyi District
How to Get to Taipei 101:
By MRT: Take the Red Line (towards Xiangshan) to Taipei 101 (台北101) Station. Upon reaching the Taipei 101 building, head up to 5th floor to purchase a ticket for the observatory.
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