At 509.2 meters (1,670 ft) tall, the Taipei 101 Tower is one of the world’s tallest buildings and is Taiwan’s treasured skyscraper. Taipei 101 is named for its 101 above-ground floors, but it is also sometimes referred to by its original name, the Taipei Financial Center.
Between 2004 and 2010, Taipei 101 was the tallest tower in the world, being surpassed by the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. The Taipei 101 Tower is located in the Xinyi District on the eastern side of the city, where few other buildings stand to obstruct the view of the tower from all sides.
About Taipei 101
With a height of 1667 feet or 508 meters, Taipei 101 has the distinction of being the third tallest building in the world, and tallest outside the Middle East. Its spire adds to its height, and the total makes it higher than the Kuala Lumpur Petronas Twin Towers. The name, Taipei 101, is derived from the fact that the building encompasses 101 floors.
It was originally known as the Taipei International Financial Center. Fast moving elevators whisk the tenants to their floors, as well as visitors to the observation deck on the 89th floor in 37 seconds. It is considered the second fastest elevator in the world and is a must-do on any traveler’s list.
Located in the heart of the city, the Tower is surrounded by department stores, a theater, businesses and a skywalk. The area is a short walk from the MRT station of City Hall on the Blue Line. On foot, it usually takes 15 to 20 minutes from the station; Taipei 101 Tower is located on Hsinyi Road.
The price of general admission to the indoor observation deck is NT$350. Children below the height of 100cm are admitted free. Concession tickets are $320.
If you are interested in accessing the outdoor observation deck, that is an additional NT$100 and is a separate ticket. One must purchase the indoor observation deck ticket as well as outdoor deck if they wish to visit the outdoor deck.
Both observation decks are open from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m.