Presidential Office Building

Presidential Office Building, Zhongzheng District

Presidential Office Building

Presidential Office Building
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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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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia8,689 contributions
Office of President Tsai Ingwen
Aug 2021
Tsai Ingwen is the first female Prresident of the Republic of China on Taiwan. She is a two-term President, representing the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP). The interior of the Presidential Office is clean and well-presented. The Office dates from the Japanese colonial era (1895-1945), when it was the headquarters of the colonial administration. Check for opening hours.
Written 11 August 2021
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jeffryb
Keysborough, Australia371 contributions
Centre of Taiwan's government
Aug 2020
The Presidental Office building dates from the Japanese colonial era (1895-1945) when it was the headquaters of the Japanese Governor. It is now occupied by President Tsai Ingwen, the first female president of the Republic of China. Some people pass it for years without finding out what it is. The interior is quite striking, lots of light and windows.
Written 20 September 2020
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia8,689 contributions
One of Taipei's most prominent landmarks
Jan 2020
The Presidential Office Building is one of Taipei's most recognizable structures but few people are granted entrance. It is the official office of the President of the Republic of China (Taiwan's official name), currently President Tsai Ingwen, who represents the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP). The building dates from the Japanese colonial era (1895-1945), when it was the headquarters of the Japanese colonial administration. It is a handsome building, built predominantly in red brick. The interior is light and airy, it is obviously a well-designed building.
Written 24 January 2020
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LeisureTraveler8888
Cebu City, Philippines208 contributions
Modern Building l
Nov 2019 • Couples
It is a short walk from a metro station. Near it is the country's first girls high school.
Security is very visible with several guards and military vehicles in front of the building.
There is a big open space in front. Some areas in front are used as parking space.
Written 1 December 2019
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BillyK1980
Melbourne, Australia2,387 contributions
Very pleasant
Nov 2019
We came here on a taipei bike tour and there is lots of security around it. The president works here
Written 10 November 2019
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Robert B
Hong Kong, China469 contributions
Really Worth the Visit
Oct 2019
This lovely building was built by the Japanese and completed in 2019. Visitors can be admitted for a free tour in the morning before 11:30. It is worth it on many levels. The exhibits are informative and interesting. It is a strong statement about Taiwan that they have no problem with honoring a building built by the Japanese. But perhaps the most powerful point it makes is that Taiwan is a true democracy. One of the exhibit rooms is a celebration of free speech and the right to dissent. On the way out is a photo op spot in which you can take a picture with a cut out of President Tsai in quite a whimsical pose. This is quite a contrast to other, grimmer, countries.
Written 3 November 2019
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Nastame
Harrogate, UK1,671 contributions
Attractive exterior
Nov 2019
The building has a lovely colonial exterior which provides a grandeur thag would not be present in a more modern building. Look out for visiting hours if youhave time for a more extended visit.
Written 2 November 2019
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Herbert C
765 contributions
Power to the People
Oct 2019 • Couples
As Taiwan’s centre of governmental power, you would expect security to be tight around the building. The good news is..... this building is accessible for free but there will be a guide bringing you through the various ground floor rooms with exhibits about the architecture wonder of the building, Taiwan’s fairly recent history since the 1910s as well as its many achievements, and the Presidents who have graced this historic building. Power to the People is the theme that resonates throughout the building and its exhibits. My verdict is average, as the exhibits are not the most interesting, plus the tour may feel a bit lengthy as well.
Written 29 October 2019
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Betty
2,377 contributions
Nice Landmark
Jun 2019
We just walked around the outside and did not go inside since we missed the visiting hours. It is a nice landmark.
Written 22 September 2019
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G2Kpauly
Melbourne, Australia1,289 contributions
Ok for a look
Aug 2019 • Friends
A friend said lets go have a look at this as we were in the area. It's a big building but nothing spectacular.
Written 23 August 2019
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