Want to visit Taipei 101 in Taiwan? It’s one of the most recognizable landmarks in the city and a popular tourist attraction that offers spectacular views from its observation deck.
This is a visitor’s guide with all the information needed before your visit, including opening hours, ticket info, history, and more information about Taipei 101.
How Much Does it Cost to Visit?
Visit the Taipei 101 tower and enjoy 360-degree panoramic views over Taipei’s cityscape! This incredible skyscraper, formerly listed as the tallest building in the world, has a number of indoor and outdoor observation decks open to the public all year round.
|Observation Deck Admission||$20|
Ticket Info & Opening Hours
The general admission ticket grants access to all of Taipei 101’s observation decks, both indoor and out, including the highest observation point found on the 91st floor (its 392 meters high)!
The Taipei 101 observation decks are open every day from 9am to 10pm, with the last entrance for tourists at 9:15pm. The entrance to the observation deck is found in the shopping mall on the building’s 5th floor.
History & Info
Home to a series of observation decks on its upper floors, Taipei 101 is an impressive skyscraper designed by C.Y. Lee and partners and found in the Xinyi district of Taipei. From 2004 to 2010, the building was listed as the world’s tallest before the opening of Dubai’s Burj Khalifa.
Construction on Taipei 101 began in 1999 and continued through to its completion in 2004. The largest section of the tower, found between the base and the spine, houses eight modules of eight stories while the exterior is reminiscent of a stalk of bamboo or an elongated pagoda (the building’s design is expressively Chinese in character).
Head inside the skyscraper and you’ll find a large shopping mall, office blocks, residential areas, and three observation decks found on level 88, 89, and 91. Upon entering the building, visitors should head to the 5th floor and ride the elevator to the main observatory on the 89th floor – the ride takes just 37 seconds making it one of the fastest elevators in the world!
The 89th-floor observatory is an enclosed observatory with floor-to-ceiling windows offering panoramic views over Taipei. Once you’ve finished soaking up the views from this height, head to the 91st-floor where you’ll find an outdoor viewing platform (it’s the third-highest outdoor observation deck in the world)!
If you’re interested in the structure of the building, ride the elevator down to the 88th floor to see the mass damper! The mass damper is a huge sphere found hanging in the center of the building, between levels 88 and 87, and was put in place to help the tower withstand earthquakes.
After your visit, it’s worth exploring the food court and shopping mall on level five where you’ll find designer brands including Gucci, Dior, and Cartier alongside high street brands including Zara and Nike.
Points of Interest
Home to a shopping mall and food court. It’s also where you’ll check-in before heading up to the observation decks.
Home to the mass damper; the building’s main safety feature.
Home to an indoor observation deck and 360 viewing area.
Home to an outdoor observation deck and 360 viewing area.
How to get to Taipei 101
Taipei 101 stands out from Taipei’s skyline thanks to its towering height and green coloring, which makes it kind of hard to miss. You’ll also notice there aren’t any other skyscrapers in the city, so spotting it from far off is fairly easy. The towers official address is:
- No 7, Section 5, Xinyi Road, Xinyi District.
The easiest way to get to Taipei 101 is to take the Metro Subway. Take the Red Line (Xiangshan train) to Taipei 101 station. Alternatively, take the Blue Line 5 to Taipei City Hall Station, located beneath HanKyu Department Store. Walk south to enter the Shin Kong Mitsukoshi complex towards 101.
Taipei 101 is one of the city’s most visited tourist attractions, but there’s plenty of other things to do, sights to visit, and attractions to enjoy in the vicinity. The below activities are all just a short walk from the skyscraper:
- Moon Bus
- Xinyi Wei Ziu Shopping District
- Four Four South Village Market
- Discovery Center of Taipei
- Xiangshan Trail
- Zhongshan Park
- National Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall
- Xiangshan Park
Best time to visit Taipei 101
The best time to visit Taipei 101 is in the late afternoon just before the sun sets. This way, you’ll enjoy views over the city during daylight, sunset, and dusk. To avoid crowds, aim to visit midweek and check national holidays online before booking.
Before making your way to the tower, make sure you check the weather forecast online as bad weather including storms, heavy rain, high winds, and typhoons can all cause the tower’s outdoor observation decks to close.
Facts about Taipei 101
- It stands 508 meters (1667 feet) tall and was the first building on the planet to break the half-kilometer mark.
- The tower was the tallest building in the world since 2004, until in 2009 when Burj Khalifa was built.
- As of 2018, Taipei 101 is still the tallest building built in an earthquake zone.
- Taipei 101 is currently the only skyscraper in the world that has concerts held on the rooftop.
- The design of Taipei 101 is heavily affected by Chinese culture, style, and lucky numbers.
- Since the tower is built in an earthquake zone and also subject to typhoon winds, a tuned mass damper is suspended from 91st to 87th floor of the tower.
- Taipei 101 had the world’s fastest elevators for 10 years, until in 2014 when the elevators in Shanghai Tower set a new record.
- The total cost to build Taipei 101 is estimated to be around $1.8 billion.
- The building has both indoor and outdoor observatories.
- There are 61 elevators inside the tower and each has atmospheric controls to keep passengers’ ears from popping.
FAQ’s (Things to know before you go)
What is the Taipei 101 used for?
The building is primarily used as office space.
What is Taipei 101 made of?
The huge supporting pillars are made of boxes of 80mm thick steel-plates each filled with concrete.
How does Taipei 101 withstand earthquakes?
An internal damper is used to control swaying and minimize the possibility of structural failure.
Is Taipei 101 free?
There is an entrance fee of 600NT ($20) to visit the tower’s observation deck.
Can you go to the top of Taipei 101?
Visitors can access the 89th-floor observatory deck.
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