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Presidential Office Building

No.122 Chungking South Road, Section 1, Taipei, Taiwan
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Ranked #28 of 236 Attractions in Taipei
Type: Government Buildings, Cultural
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: This ornate government building was finished in 1919, when Taiwan was under Japanese rule. Daily admission weekdays from 9 until Noon. Final admission at 11:30 am. On select weekends they are open until 4 pm.

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39 reviews 39 reviews
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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

First things first: you MUST reserve a spot on the visitor list, and it MUST be done minimum 3 days in advance. There is a max of several hundred ppl visiting per day, I believe 600 if memory serves, and they stick to it. You MUST bring photo ID. You CANNOT take pictures inside, and you CANNOT take pictures immediately... More

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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 via mobile

We came to this building as it is quite close to the place we stayed and close to Ximen MRT station. Upon arrival (Friday), we were told you need to book at least three days prior via fax or the following website http://english.president.gov.tw/Default.aspx?tabid=519. You must also present photo identification before being allowed into the building.

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Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Frankly, the queue is rather long. I am not into history and it was quite boring. Lots of reading required. Best if there is a guide. Nothing much to see though.

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Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014

So it wasn't possible to get too close due to razor wire and riot police all around the entire district: it was necessary to be content with photos from a distance. Will have to save this one for a future visit to Taipei.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

The building was heavily guarded with military when I visited Taiwan in April 2014, in front of the building, soldiers installed a military fence to prevent any unwanted activities that may disturb the peace of the landmark. Though the view of the Presidential Office Building was a little bit covered by the fence, It still is one of the best... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

Great building with great history, and with a very special view. It is good for a Kodak moment. Only worth seeing if you have extra time

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Singapore, Singapore
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108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

Nice place for a photo. I understand that there're specific times for guided tours in the building but i didn't went due to timing issue. It's just a short walk from exit 3 of Ximending MRT. Do try not to loiter around the pavement immedaitely surrounding the building as the security will be concerned. There's big open spaces from across... More

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Taguig City, Philippines
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

The Presidential Office Building is unique as its red color and architecture. While entry is not allowed for tourists (at least when we visited, and because it's an active government office), the complex where it sits is great for walking. There are a lot of very nice buildings and open spaces in this area.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

Too bad that most visitors cannot go inside,but outside alone is worth the trip to see it. Understand that it was the Japanese who built it and what a quality structure!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2013 via mobile

Went there on a rainy day and realised it operates only from 9am to 11.30am . So unfortunately, We weren't able to go into the building. The guards around the perimeter of the building kept reminding us to move on and not standing. It was rather irritating as We wanted to appreciate and admire the structure of the architecture. Nevertheless,... More

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