Six Classic Buildings in Taipei

Six Classic Buildings in Taipei

What you need to know

Take a glimpse of the development of Taiwan's history through its architecture.

In recent years, Taipei 101 has become an icon of Taipei's architectural achievement. But aside from the skyscraper, the city is rich in architecture landscape — with symbolic monuments from each historical era and classic building left behind from waves of colonization.

The Dutch and Spanish imperialists left behind churches and forts; the Chinese migrants and regime introduced Chinese-style buildings influenced by Minman architecture and western modernization; the Japanese built government buildings and houses — all leaving behind their colonial legacy frozen in time.

The current Presidential Office was built during the Japanese colonial era, completed in 1919, and originally served as the Office of the Governor-General of Taiwan. The building continues to be the center of civic engagement and the prime location for people to voice their appeals.

Modernization of buildings can also be seen in the more traditional architectures, such as temples. The Nung Chan Monastery designed by Taiwanese architect Yao Ren-Xi parts from traditional temple designs and is made of exposed concrete.

“Good Eye Taipei,” a new bilingual Taipei city guide, shares six classic building around Taipei to visit.

Fort San Domingo (淡水紅毛城)

No. 1, Lane 28, Zhongzheng Rd, Tamsui District, New Taipei City


"A 17th-century Dutch-built fort in Damsui."

The Red House (西門紅樓)

No. 10, Chengdu Rd, Taipei City


"An old market from the Japanese Colonial Era — it now sells creative arts and design merchandise."

Presidential Office (總統府)

No. 122, Section 1, Chongqing S Rd, Taipei City


"Sign up for a tour on its official website!"

Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall (中正紀念堂)

No. 21, Zhongshan S Rd, Taipei City


"A symbol of the past authoritarian era, now dedicated as the Liberty Square."

Cloud Gate Theatre (雲門劇場)

No. 36, Lane 6, Section 1, Zhongzheng Rd, Tamsui District, New Taipei City


"A performance art park built by architect Huang Sheng-Yuan."

Nung Chan Monastery (農禪寺)

No. 89, Lane 65, Daye Rd, Taipei City


"A meditative, exposed-concrete space designed by master architect Yao Ren-Xi."

“Good Eye Taipei” can be purchased at all major bookstores in Taiwan. Check out TNL’s interview with the author here.