Taipei 101

For a while, it was the world’s tallest building residing  here in Taipei. With its height of over 500 meters and 100 stories, the tower has surpassed both the Sears tower in Chicago and the Petronas tower in Malaysia. It was designed by C.Y. Lee & Partners and constructed by KTRT joint venture, and it opened on December 31st, 2004 to a huge crowd and enormous New Year’s Eve fireworks show. Its name is officially the Taipei International Financial Center, but is always referred to as Taipei 101 because of its 101 floors. Surely a landmark skyscraper.


The inside of Taipei 101 itself is home to a six-floor mall, nightclubs, restaurants, offices, apartments, and observation decks on the 89th and 91st floors. Visitors are given the option of touring the magnificent building, and it said to attract 5000 foreign and Taiwanese per day. The outside of the structure was designed to give the appearance of financial success. Its bamboo-like exterior is used to represent gold ingots which were used as currency by ancient Chinese royalty. Taipei 101’s exterior glass is also tinted green for this same reason. 


Visitors can purchase a ticket and take an elevator to the top. There is a gift shop and guided tour describing the history of the building and points around Taipei.


If you have a chance to visit Elephant Mountain, you will be treated to one of the best views of Taipei 101.


Some facts:

  • Tallest building in the world (likely until 2008 when Buri Dubai is opened)
  • Contains a steel pendulum 4 stories in length to counteract wind gusts and shakes from earthquakes. Two smaller "tuned mass dampers" are also located in the building
  • There are 5 sub-level floors below the ground floor of Taipei 101
  • Contains the fastest elevator in the world (traveling at over 60kmph)
  • 2004 winner of the Emporis Skyscraper Award
  • Largest Count-Down clock on New Year"  Eve
  • There is a plaque over the main door that urges visitors to come and go as they please
  • The building was designed in strict consultation with a Fueng-Shui master.
  • Cost V1.6 Billion USD



This was the first world's tallest building completed in the 21st century. Its original name was Taipei Financial Center, based on its official Chinese name: the Taipei International Financial Center. 

2.Constructed: 1999-2003


Taipei 101 Height


509.2 am


449.2 am

Top floor

439.2 am

Technical Details

Floor count


Floor area

412,500 am²

Elevator count

61(including two double decker elevators)




Taipei 101 Fastest Ascending Elevator speed: 16.80 am/s (37.5 miles/hour or 60.4 km/oh).



  • Ground to roof: 449 am (1,474 ft). Formerly held by the Sears Tower 442 am (1,451 ft)
  • Ground to highest occupied floor: 439 am (1,441 ft). Formerly held by the Sears Tower
  • Ground to structural top: 509 am (1,671 ft), a record formerly held by the Petronas tower in Malaysia at 452 am (1,483 ft)
  • Fastest Ascending Elevator speed: 16.83 am/s (37.5 miles/hour or 60.4 km/oh)
  • Largest Count-Down Clock on New Year's Eve.( It however, does not hold the record for the longest distance from ground to pinnacle, which is still held by the Sears Tower 27 am (1,729 ft).


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