Tuesday, October 16, 2007

From 1st to 3rd

Prior to the declaration of Taipei 101 as the tallest building in Taiwan (and in the world), there exists a commercial building that soar high in the midst of Taipei city and located just infront of the TRA building and just a few steps from the Taipei Main MRT station. This is the Shin Kong Life Tower which I used to know only as the Shinkong Mitsukoshi Department Store that sells only branded products which are definitely expensive. We just go there for window shopping and dining in the basement food court.

From Wikipedia, the Shin Kong Life Tower was Taiwan's tallest building when it opened in December 1993. In 1997 the building was surpassed as Taiwan's tallest by the Tuntex 85 Sky Tower in the city of Kaohsiung. Both were surpassed in height by Taipei 101 in 2004.

We haven’t seen the Tuntex 85 building and I’m not even sure if we’ll get the chance to see it as it is located in the southern part of Taiwan and could be reached via plane (less than one hour), bus (4 to 6hours) or that fast speed train (~2hours). Since Taipei 101 is located in Taipei City, we have seen it several times already.

The building as seen from one of the nearby Taipei Main MRT station exits.

The building as seen from the grounds of CKS Memorial Hall.


lovelyn said...

Wow, nice shots!

Modern na modern kayo dyan unlike here in Venice, new buildings are raised in the outskirts of the city. Places where you need to have your own car so as to get to those building comfortably. Otherwise, take the bus after a long travel with the boat.

Nice make over here. I like it.

Jane said...

most of taiwan is urbanized now. when we went to Yangming mountains and had a view of two counties, we saw it that way.hubby said the urban planning here is very nice.place are accessible here via MRT and bus transportation but there are still places we wanted to reach but we don't know how to get there via bus.
i think venice being kept as it is now should be ok. sometimes having the old styles make us appreciate simple living.
thanks for the other comment. i saw your site layout change too.intersting image you got there on top :)