teradesa.com Taipei 101 is a towering high-rise building located in the center of the city, precisely in Xinyi District, Taipei, Taiwan. It is the second tallest skyscraper in the world after Burj Khalifa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Taipei 101 itself is a complete business and entertainment center. Inside there are various shops or malls, various entertainment venues, business offices and even hotels. This function actually also exists in many skyscrapers in the world, even those found in Indonesia.
However, there is something that makes it different and special. What is it? Busy Holidays will review the answer below.
Before talking about its specialty, let’s first know about its history. Taipei 101 is a post-modern architectural building. It was built in 1999 and completed in 2004.
The designer was C.Y.Lee who is a leading architectural firm. As the name suggests, Taipei 101 has 101 floors with a total height of 1,671 feet.
Unlike many skyscrapers in the world, Taipei 101 has its own uniqueness, namely having an observatory on the 89th floor. From that floor, you can see a panoramic view of the city of Taipei.
This observatory also makes Taipei 101 a tourist destination for both domestic and foreign travelers. To get into it, visitors can get tickets easily which can be purchased online or manually. Ticketing itself is on the 5th floor of the building.
Interestingly, the ticketing room is like a mall, visitors can even shop or eat in it. No need to be afraid of getting lost, because the officers at Tiapei 101 will give the right direction and they are also friendly.
For Friends of Silir who don’t want to be complicated, it is recommended to buy tickets online. Using a machine similar to an ATM machine, visitors only need to enter a certain amount of money and the machine will give change, if the money entered exceeds the ticket price. However, if you want to enjoy the atmosphere longer in the ticketing room, you can order tickets manually.
Whichever way you buy a ticket, there will be a clear description of how to get to the observatory. The officer will also guide to make it easier to reach the place. The attendant will guide visitors to enter the elevator. There is something unique about this elevator in Taipei 101, which has a very large capacity.
Just imagine, with one load, the elevator can carry up to 20 people. That’s quite a lot of people! Amazingly, despite the large capacity, the elevator goes very fast! How could it not, from the ticketing room on the 5th floor to the 89th floor only takes 37 seconds. Very lightning fast isn’t it?!
Arriving at the observatory, Sahabat Silir will be faced with an amazing view. The room measuring about 30 x 30 square meters is a viewing tower that is free to see Taiwan from a height. To expand visibility, the tower uses glass walls.
Thus, all visitors can see the view of Taiwan from various angles without being blocked by anything. From this place, you can see roads, rivers, bridges, hills, hotel buildings, the sea and other panoramas without being covered by anything.
When the weather is good, you will be able to witness an even more amazing panorama, where various details of the cityscape are connected with a clean sky. Friends of Silir who like selfies, of course, can be satisfied with snapping.
In addition to seeing with the naked eye, you can also take advantage of paid binoculars that can be used to see the details of the cityscape. In addition, on the floor of Taipei 101 there are also replicas of other construction technologies, including media in the form of large monitor screens to view offline images of city views both during the day, night and dusk.
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Well, if you want to experience seeing the scenery of Taipei with a different atmosphere, just go down the stairs to the 88th floor. There is a wind dumper, which is an 800-ton pendulum ball, this yellow steel ball has a diameter of 8 meters and hangs. Steel ropes and a suspended iron construction are given to this steel ball to ensure its safety.
The pendulum itself is installed to stabilize the Taipei 101 tower building from shaking during earthquakes and typhoons. It is undeniable that this area is often hit by typhoons. In the pendulum duang, you can even see a video of the pendulum ball movement during a typhoon storm in 2015.
Meanwhile, although the observatory is on the 89th floor, Taipei 101 still has higher floors. On the 91st floor, visitors can see Taiwan from an outdoor height. However, access to this place is restricted when there is no wind.
In addition, there is also a 160 cm high fence to protect visitors, so they will not be free when watching in the ‘glass room’ of the 89th floor observatory.
Meanwhile, the 89th floor observatory is not the only thing that makes Taipei 101 unique. In fact, the building that is said to have 101 floors does not have a 4th floor. The reason is that the number is considered an unlucky number in Taiwan.
Another fact that you should know is that before its name was known as Taipei 101, the building that was built at a cost of around NT$ 58 billion or equivalent to USD 1.9 billion was named The Taipei Financial Center Corporation.
After becoming Taipei 101, the building with the main function as an office is also known as Taipei World Financial Center and Taipei Financial Center.
Taipei 101 visiting hours
An important piece of information for those of you who plan to visit Taipei 101 is that its operating hours are from 09:00 to 22:00 local time every day. Ticket fees vary between general public and students, but the good news is that children under 115 cm tall are free.
As mentioned earlier, Taipei 101 is a business center, shopping center and entertainment center. Aside from the observatory, another part of Taipei 101 that is often visited by tourists is the mall inside.
In addition, there is also the Xinyi shopping center, which is located close to the Taipei 101 tower. There are a variety of clothing stores, restaurants, even bookstores and movie theaters. This shopping center can complement your entertainment after exploring Taipei 101.
That’s a glimpse of information about Taipei 101, a skyscraper with an observatory and a variety of entertainment. Congratulations on preparing for traveling to Taiwan and hopefully you will always be happy.