Presidential Office Building

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Taiwan’s highest authority building, Presidential Office Building, is located on Ketagalan Boulevard in Zhongzheng District. It was designed by a Japanese architect Uheiji Nagano during Japanese-Occupied Periods. The style of the building is a combination of traditional European elements, including Baroque, Neo-Classical features, and Renaissance. Cost of 2.8 million Japanese yen, the building was finished in 1919, and functioned as the Governor-General’s Office.

The building has four ground floors and one underground floor, with a capacity of two thousand people. More than three hundred rooms were designed and most of them are functioned as office rooms. There are also many elegant and magnificent halls and gardens in the building, and a 60 meter tower built with cramp iron and cement. Since the 60 meter tower at the center was the tallest in Taiwan during Japanese-Occupied Periods, it had become the main target for American to bomb during World War II. Bombs hit the front left side, lobby, and northern sections of the building. Bombing at the front left side made many people died in the basement. The fire burned for three days, damaging large parts of the building. After WWII, the building was repaired in 1947, and became the Presidential Office in 1950 after the Republic of China moved to Taiwan. It was designated as a national historical monument.

Part of the building is open to the public from 9am to 12 pm on every Monday through Friday. Backpacks, cameras and camera cell phones are not allowed. However, part of the building is also open to the public during occasional holidays, without any restrictions on cameras.
 

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Taiwan’s highest authority building, Presidential Office Building, is located on Ketagalan Boulevard in Zhongzheng District. It was designed by a Japanese architect Uheiji Nagano during Japanese-Occupied Periods.

opening hours:

Monday-Friday (except holidays): 09:00am - 12:00pm (Visitors should enter the building before 11:30 a.m.)
Saturday and Sunday: only open on Jan 1st, Feb 11th, Mar 4th,Apr 8th, May 14th, Jun 10th, Jul 8th, Aug 5th, Sep 16th(09:00-21:00), Oct 14th, Nov 4th, Dec 2nd. 09:00- 17:00

More Details: +886-2-2312-0760

Directions:

By Train:
1. From Taipei Main Station(台北車站), walk towards Zhongxiao West Road(忠孝西路) and turn left to Chongqing South Road(重慶南路), walk for around 10 minutes

By MRT:
1. Take MRT Danshui Line(捷運淡水線) and get off at Taipei National University Hospital Station(捷運臺大醫院站). Get out at Hospital No.1 or 228 Park exits, follow Ketagalan Boulevard(凱達格蘭大道) to reach the building.

2. Take MRT Bannan Line(捷運板南線), exit Ximen Station(西門捷運站) exit No.3, walk towards Far East Department Store(遠東百貨) to reach the building

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