If you’ve ever been to the observatory in Taipei 101, you’ll know that the public has only ever been allowed up to the 89th floor. However, beginning on June 14, the public will be given access to an exclusive space on the 101st floor for the first time.
Since Taiwan’s highest skyscraper, Taipei 101’s completion in 2004, over two million people have visited the lower observatory down on the 89th floor each year. Since it can only accommodate around 10,000 visitors a day, guests sometimes have to wait for up to half an hour before going up.
But now visitors can bypass the cue, and go even higher. Taipei 101 President Angela Chang says that starting on June 14th, guests will be allowed into the observatory at the peak of it all – the once-exclusive 101st floor, in the highest outdoor observatory in Asia.
There are a few caveats. Space is limited, and at first, only 36 people will be allowed up each day. Bookings must be made at least one day in advance. Once there, visitors have to put on safety gear to step out into the 460 meter-high outdoor roof area. A visit up top is pricey, too. While a ticket to the 89th floor costs only NT$600 (US$19), a ticket for the 101st floor is NT$3,000 (US$95) per person.
That may seem like a lot, but for that price, you’ll be granted access to a place that once only opened to the likes of former US President Bill Clinton and Hollywood superstar Will Smith.