Taipei 101 Facts: 10 Facts About Taipei 101 You Must Know

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View of Taipei 101 from Elephant Mountain

Taipei 101 is the iconic tower and architectural marvel in the center of Taipei, Taiwan.

Want to know some Taipei 101 facts before visiting the attraction? You are on the right page.

Knowing the facts below will make your visit to the tower more than just a walkabout.

You will be able to appreciate the building better, and sharing the knowledge with those who are traveling with you will always generate interesting and fun conversations.

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12 Taipei 101 Facts You Must Know

Fact #1: Taipei 101 WAS the world’s tallest building from 2004 to 2010.

Taipei 101 from the Base of the Tower

Upon its completion, Taipei became the world’s tallest building, as well as the world’s tallest inhabited building with a height of 508 meters or 1,667 feet, overtaking PETRONAS Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

It remained in the position until 2010 when the construction of Burj Khalifa in Dubai completed. Burj Khalifa stands at a height of 508 meters or 1,667 feet.

The tower has a total of 101 floors above ground and 5 basement levels.

Fact #2: The tower is the tallest and largest green building in the world.

Taipei 101 received the LEED platinum certification in 2011. It is the highest award based on the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system.

The biggest reason for the award is that the tower is able to fulfill 20 to 30 percent of its water needs through its own roof and façade recycled water system.

With the award, the tower becomes the tallest and largest green building in the world, a recognition that it still keeps today.

Fact #3: Taipei 101 used to have the fastest elevator in the world.

Elevators / Lifts to the Observatory Decks of Taipei 101
Elevators / Lifts to the Observatory Decks of Taipei 101

The elevators running up and down the tower travels at 60.6 kilometers per hour. At this speed, it can move passengers from the 5th floor to the 89th floor of the tower, or vice versa, in mere 37 seconds.

In 2016, the elevators at Shanghai Tower in Shanghai, China overtook the ones in Taipei 101 to become the fastest elevator in the world.

Fact 4: Taipei 101’s 101 floors symbolize the renewal of time and pushing the limits of perfection.

The number 101 resembles the start of a century. The construction of Taipei 101 was taking place around the time when the world enters the 21st century.

For many traditions, 100 is the number of perfection, so the number 101 for Taipei 101 also symbolizes going one up against perfection.

Fact #5: The tower can withstand tough forces of nature.

Taipei 101 was built to face the harshest typhoons and earthquakes.

Aside from using construction materials like high-performance steel, “mega-columns”, and piles that are driven 80 meters into the ground to form a solid framework, the tower also has a 660-tonne steel pendulum suspended from the 92nd to the 87th floor of the tower, acting as a tuned mass damper.

Golden Tuned Mass Damper in Taipei 101
Golden Tuned Mass Damper in Taipei 101

There are also two smaller tuned mass dampers installed at the tip of the tower’s spire. The purpose of these dampers is to minimize damage to the tower when it encounters strong winds or an earthquake.

When the tower catches itself in the path of a typhoon, or on top of vicious seismic activities during an earthquake, the dampers sway in the opposite direction of the forces by Mother Nature to counterbalance the load that the tower is taking on.

On August 8, 2015, the main damper swayed by 100 centimeters as a result of the strong winds from Typhoon Soudelor. This was the largest recorded movement of the damper.

Since the opening of the tower in 2004, Taipei 101 has survived more than a hundred earthquakes of different magnitudes.

Fact #6: A 6.8-magnitude earthquake hit Taipei 101 during its construction.

On March 31, 2002, a strong 6.8-magnitude earthquake hit Taipei and affected the construction site.

As a result, two construction cranes that were on the 56th floor – the highest floor during that time – came crashing down and took 5 lives.

Upon inspection, it was concluded that the quake did not cause any structural damage to the building. Thus, the construction continued.

Fact #7: The main damper is so popular among tourists that it has a mascot.

Damper Baby, which comes with four versions – Rich Gold, Cool Black, Smart Silver and Lucky Red, is the mascot of Taipei 101’s main damper.

Sanrio, the Japanese company contracted to design Damper Baby, is the same company that produced the world-renowned cartoon character, Hello Kitty.

Fact #8: The tower lights up in different colors depending on the day of the week.

On different evenings between 6:00pm to 10:00pm, Taipei 101 will light up in one of seven colors in the following order:

  • Monday: Red
  • Tuesday: Orange
  • Wednesday: Yellow
  • Thursday: Green
  • Friday: Blue
  • Saturday: Violet
  • Sunday: Purple

Fact #9: Taipei 101 has both indoor and outdoor observation decks.

The indoor observation deck is on the 88th and 89th floor, while the 91st floor is where you can find the outdoor observation deck.

Both observation decks offer a 360-degree view of Taipei. The indoor observatory is at a height of 383.4 meters or 1,258 feet while its outdoor counterpart stands even higher at 391.8 meters or 1,285 feet.

Indoor Observatory Deck of Taipei 101
Indoor Observatory Deck of Taipei 101

At the indoor observation deck, you will find recorded voice tours in eight languages, informative displays about the tower and its history, as well as exhibits related to the tower. You can also take a look at the golden main damper here.

The outdoor observation deck is only open when the weather allows.

Fact #10: Fireworks at Taipei 101 on New Year’s Eve attracts tens of thousands of locals and travelers each year.

Since the opening of the tower to the public on December 31, 2004, and the subsequent New Year’s Eve celebration to welcome the Year 2005, Taipei 101 has always been a popular landmark for both locals and travelers to celebrate New Year’s Eves.

The fireworks that take place on this date annually, usually after a concert featuring popular celebrities and a light show, never disappoint.

Fact #11: There is a hidden Starbucks at the top of the tower.

There is a Starbucks outlet on the 35th floor of Taipei 101.

It is a popular alternative for travelers who want to enjoy the view, but not pay for the admission ticket to the observatory decks.

You cannot just walk into the Starbucks, though. Before your visit, you have to make your appointment at least one day in advance by calling +886 2 8101 0701.

When it is time for you to go up, a barista will come down to the lobby of the building to pick you up.

There is a policy to make sure every customer spends at least NT$200. Also, you can only stay for a maximum of 90 minutes. And yes, window seats are very popular at the outlet.

All You Need To Know About Starbucks @ Taipei 101 published by Gail and Jem has all the details you need if you are interested to have coffee and some pastries while having a bird’s eye view of Taipei.

Fact #12 Xiangshan or Elephant Mountain is the best spot to view Taipei 101 in its full glory.

Although this attraction is not part of the standard Taipei 101 ticket, some travelers are willing to spend 15 to 30 minutes hiking up this small mountain that is about 15 minutes walk away from the tower.

From this mountain, you can get an unobstructed view of Taipei 101 in its full glory.

Attraction Type

Landmark and shopping.

Name in Local Language

Mandarin: 台北101 (táiběi yīlíngyī)

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Opening Hours

Daily from 9:00am to 10:00pm.

Admission Fees

You can buy your tickets through the official website.

Tickets are also available on Klook at a price that is about 15% cheaper: https://www.klook.com/activity/1659-taipei-101-taipei/

If you buy your tickets online, you can skip the queue at the ticket counter, especially during peak seasons. Just redeem them at one of the kiosks after you arrived, and wait at the designated line beside the lifts when it’s time for you to go up.

Alternatively, you can buy them from the ticket counter located on the 5th floor of Taipei 101 Mall.

  • Priority Pass: NT$1,200 per person
  • Adult: NT$600 per person
  • Children Above the Height of 115cm: NT$540 per person
  • Children Under the Height of 115cm: Free entry
  • Students: NT$540 per person

Tickets are also available on Klook at a price that is about 15% cheaper: https://www.klook.com/activity/1659-taipei-101-taipei/

Ticketing Counter of Taipei 101's Observatory Decks

Group Ticket

  • Groups of More Than 20 People: NT$540 per person

Group tickets are not available during weekends and on public holidays.

Facilities

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Service counter
  • Free equipment rental (baby strollers, wheelchairs, power banks, blankets, and child locators) for shoppers
  • Storage lockers
  • Currency exchange
  • Tax refund services
  • ATMs
  • Breastfeeding rooms
  • Family restrooms
  • Services for disabled shoppers
  • Lost and found
  • Public phones

Contact Information

Phone Number

+886 (2) 8101 8800

Address

No.7, Sec. 5, Xinyi Rd.,
Xinyi Dist., Taipei City 110,
Taiwan (R.O.C.).

GPS Coordinates

25.0340028, 121.5644056

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Wayne fell in love with traveling and every aspect of it when he traveled to Singapore in 2013. He is a newbie when it comes to traveling and he loves chatting with other travelers to learn from their experiences. Are you a traveler? Let's connect!

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