Presidential Office Building

Attraction Presidential Office Building Published on: 13-11-2015

1 hours 30 mins
09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
09:30 AM
11:00 AM
First-time visit
Attraction
Historic
Landmark
Must see
Kids
Free
Architecture
0.00 USD

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  • Highly recommended by fellow travellers.
Built in 1919 as the headquarters of the then-occupying Japanese forces, this building has housed the offices of the president since 1949. Its ornate brickwork is \

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Why Presidential Office Building is special ?

Presidential Office Building is originally built to serve as the Office of the Governor-General of Taiwan during the Japanese colonial period. It is one of the most recognizable buildings in Taiwan. During World War II, the building sustained damage from Allied forces, and was restored after the war to serve as the office of the Governor-General of Taiwan province and military affairs office, and following the Chinese Civil War, the building began to serve as the Presidential Office Building of the Kuomintang leadership in Taipei.


Located nearby Taipei Main Station, Ximending, 228 Park, and the National Taiwan Museum, the Presidential Office is very convenient to visit, and is a great addition to a city tour.


Source: https://guidetotaipei.com/

What to explore at Presidential Office Building?

The main body of the Presidential Office Building is a five-floor structure and the central tower is eleven-floor high. The area is 6,930 square meters. The outer portion is covered with steel concrete. Gravel is used as decoration horizontally. A sense of grandeur and vigorousness is presented via the red-white composition. The Presidential Building was announced by the President as "national historical site" in 1998 and was open for public tour since then. The general public will be able to see in person the location where the president works. The distance between the President and his people will be shortened.

After touring the Presidential Office Building, one can further visit the following interesting nearby sites: Taiwan Bank, NTU Hospital, Taipei Guest House and February 28 Peace Park.

Source: http://eng.taiwan.net.tw/

How to get to Presidential Office Building?

Transportation

1. Nat'l Hwy 1 → Exit at Taipei Interchange → Sec. 3 to 1, Chongqing N. Rd → Sec. 1, Chongqing S. Rd.

2. Nat'l Hwy 3 → Exit at Zhonghe Interchange → County Hwy 106A → Jing'an Rd. → Zhonghe Rd.- Sec. 1 to 2, Yonghe Rd. → Zhongzheng Bridge → Sec. 3 to 1, Chongqing S. Rd.

Public

THSR:

Take the THSR to Taipei Station, transfer by Taipei MRT or bus. Taiwan High Speed Rail

By MRT:

Take MRT to NTU Hospital Station or Ximen Station, then walk 15 mins to Presidential Office Building.

Source: http://eng.taiwan.net.tw/

Selling points

  • “A very interesting history lesson!”
  • “Good picture moment”
  • “The History of Taiwan in an Office Building”
  • “Cool Piece of Taiwan History!”
  • “Unique building”
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Duration
5.0 days
Estimated
567.12 USD
Total travel distance
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Tips for you

  • You will need ID to go in, so take your passport or drivers license.
    What to bring
  • You can take pictures anywhere on the public spaces and nobody complained at all.
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  • You must present photo identification before being allowed into the building.
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  • It closes on weekends, sat and sun
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  • Backpacks, cameras and camera cell phones are not allowed.
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My wife and I visited the Presidential Office Building on a "full open house" (it only happens once a month). It really worth the visit! We decided not to go on a guided tour (we have seen one starting, but the guide was speaking only in Mandarin), which eventually became a good thing. People on those tours were having a typical "taiwanese tour style" (I hope not to be offensive, but it is true, most of the time): take as many pictures as you can, and really watch the things/places you have been only later, at home... Ah, I have read in one review that it was not alowed to take pictures inside the building, what is not true. You can take pictures anywhere on the public spaces and nobody complained at all. On the second floor, we had access to a banquet room and press conference one. On the first floor, we could have a history lesson, from the colonial times to nowadays'. There are subtitles (most of the time, also in English) explaining pictures, objects, certain period, which were very nice. Finally, we were lucky to see a concert of young music students, which was also very nice!

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Beautiful architecture harmonized with palm trees.

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The tour guide talked way too much from how the trees were breed to the normal story of how this country was built. It was a long long tour with uninteresting story....

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This is just another official big building of slightly unusual architecture. It is a "drive-by". It is a baroque/renaissance/neo-classical building designed by Japanese architects during their invasion of Taiwan - so a strange combination of east meats west with Ionic and Corinthian pillars.

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My wife and I visited the Presidential Office Building on a "full open house" (it only happens once a month). It really worth the visit!We decided not to go on a guided tour (we have seen one starting, but the guide was speaking only in Mandarin), which eventually became a good thing. People on those tours were having a typical "taiwanese tour style" (I hope not to be offensive, but it is true, most of the time): take as many pictures as you can, and really watch the things/places you have been only later, at home...Ah, I have read in one review that it was not alowed to take pictures inside the building, what is not true. You can take pictures anywhere on the public spaces and nobody complained at all.On the second floor, we had access to a banquet room and press conference one.On the first floor, we could have a history lesson, from the colonial times to nowadays'. There are subtitles (most of the time, also in English) explaining pictures, objects, certain period, which were very nice.Finally, we were lucky to see a concert of young music students, which was also very nice!

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I don't know how others could give a low rate to this place. Sure from the outside it is just a building and not that interesting, but you need to go INSIDE it which is where you will find the value. The building is still being used for government official office, hence the heavy military presence. You will need to...

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