The Taipei 101 Observatory (台北101觀景台), located at the top of Taiwan’s tallest building, is one of Taipei’s most popular attractions. Visitors are taken in elevators, at speeds of up to 1010 meters per minute, to the 89th floor for a spectacular 360 view of the city. The tower is significantly taller than surrounding buildings, so there are few obstructions.
Once you enter you’ll be greeted first with the ‘Stunning Taiwan’ exhibition, where you’ll be able to discover a bit about Taiwan’s technological innovations, culture and ecology. You’ll then head up in the ultra-high-speed elevators, reaching the top in only 37 seconds.
Once you’re up there, don’t miss out on a quick look at the grand wind damper. This device stabilizes the tower in the event of wind or earthquake motion by acting as a counter balance. The golden beast weighs in at 660 metric tons and has a diameter of 5.5 meters. Most skyscrapers do not allow public access to view the damper, which makes it extra special to see it suspended from the 87th floor.
The view is amazing day or night, but it’s recommended to come at about 3pm or 4pm, then spend a few hours up there so you can get both views. At the top there are some cafes and restaurants, as well as a few gift shops selling Taipei 101 themed goods. You’ll be spoiled for choice on souvenirs!
How to get there
Taipei 101 is located right outside Taipei 101/World Trade Center Station on Taipei Metro’s red line. It’s a short ride from Taipei Station (17 minutes, NT$25). There are several YouBike stations nearby if you would prefer to cycle here.
Hours and fees
Hours: 9am to 10pm
Official website: taipei-101.com.tw/en/observatory