We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Unique building” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Presidential Office Building

Presidential Office Building
No.122 Chungking South Road, Section 1, Taipei, Taiwan
02-23113731
Website
Improve this listing
Ranked #37 of 306 things to do in Taipei
More attraction details
Attraction details
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.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Top Contributor
70 reviews 70 reviews
49 attraction reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
“Unique building”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2012

A unique building on its own. Took photos of it from across the street which is good enough.

Visited March 2012
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

260 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    66
    120
    65
    8
    1
Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Indonesian first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Any
English first
Toronto, Canada
Top Contributor
111 reviews 111 reviews
70 attraction reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
157 helpful votes 157 helpful votes
“Little too see and nothing in English”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2012

We went on the monthly open house day and found ourselves engulfed in tour groups. It was a real struggle to make our way around. Unfortunately there simply isn't very much of great interest inside and we were glad to get out.
The sole highlight was getting our pictures taken with a cardboard cutout of the President. But I doubt if you came all this way for that kind of thrill.
But the secret is that the same day this building is open there is another really interesting place open just down the street past the 2-28 Park which is really worth a visit. It is called the Taipei Guest House. That name really is misleading but that doesn't matter. It is an old mansion that used to be the Japanese Governors home and office when the Japanese ruled Taiwan. It has been renovated into a display centre and museum while preserving the old ambience and is much more interesting than the Presidential Building. There is also a terrific Japanese garden out the back. It's amazing that so much land could be given over to a garden in such an expensive sort of area but that works to our benefit so why complain?
The signage is not in English unfortunately but there were a ton of well versed volunteer guides hanging around and they were eager to practice their English answering questions.
I would pick this place over the Presidential Offices any time, but remember it is only open to the public on the few days that the Presidential Building is open. Check your travel guides for the exact days. I think it is once a month on Saturday.

Visited March 2012
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Las Vegas, Nevada
Top Contributor
105 reviews 105 reviews
21 attraction reviews
Reviews in 40 cities Reviews in 40 cities
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
“Not For Me”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2012

My colleague wanted to see this and I obliged but was not impressed.

Visited February 2012
Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Oakland, California
Top Contributor
65 reviews 65 reviews
20 attraction reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
“Interesting view of TW History”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2011

This building was a great way of getting an overview of the history of Taiwan. It was informative and worth going to if you like to know about the history and culture of TW.

Visited March 2011
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Vancouver, BC
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
17 attraction reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
“Interesting Taiwanese History”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2011

The Presidential Office Building in Taipei is basically the Taiwanese equivalent of visiting the White House in Washington DC. It's the working office of the President of Taiwan, and visitors are permitted to tour through the lower courtyard and view a variety of interesting historical displays documenting the political and cultural history of Taiwan.

You'll need to bring a passport (or other photo ID) in order to enter the grounds, and need to go through a security screening. The building is open daily from 9am to noon, with the final entry at approximately 11:30am. There are some limited days with full access (check their website for details).

They have tour guides fluent in Chinese and Japanese, however English was a bit spotty although our guide did his best. Probably 60-70% of the displays only have Chinese language text, so for the best experience, you'll need a guide or interpreter to help you with the details.

Visited July 2011
Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Presidential Office Building also viewed

 

Been to Presidential Office Building? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Presidential Office Building, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.