One of the most things you can do in Taipei (and most sought-after) is to pay a visit to Taiwan’s highest skyscraper and take a look at Taiwan’s history, the Taipei 101 and National Palace Museum. These are a combination of modern and vintage in one day. You’ll get to learn a lot of history from the museum and compare the huge difference now while at the Taipei 101 skyscraper.
Taipei 101 and National Palace Museum via KKday
We went to these places on our 3rd day of staying in Taipei. All the way from Tamsui, we went to Sparkle Hotel to drop all our luggage. This hotel is only across the skyscraper so it was very easy. Check out how was our stay in Sparkle Hotel by following this link.
Note: We availed the KKday Express Shuttle Bus: Taipei 101 Observation Deck – National Palace Museum (₱1,786 or $33.40 each) with tickets to the Observation Deck and the National Palace Museum. It also comes with a return passes to KKday’s Shuttle bus from Taipei 101 to National Palace Museum. According to other blogs I have read, this is a must-do when visiting Taipei and according to experience, this combo is already a great deal for its price.
Redeeming your Tickets and Passes
Once you have availed the package, you will be sent an email with the instructions on how to redeem your tickets. Getting your ticket is actually hassle-free.
First, you just need to go to the 5th-floor ticket booth inside the Taipei 101 Mall.
Second, present your voucher document from KKday and an ID.
Third, you will be provided with your entrance tickets to the Taipei 101 and National Palace Museum.
Easy, right? It’s up to if you would want to use the tickets or use it for a later visit. You can only use those tickets within the day. They will also give you an advice if it’s a good time to go to the observatory especially when the weather is not better. Taipei 101 and National Palace Museum
We opted to go to the National Palace Museum first and decided to enter the observatory in the evening.
Getting to the KKday Express Shuttle from Taipei 101 to National Palace Museum
Since we are new to the city, we had a slightly hard time finding the location but thanks to the clear directions in the KKday pamphlet, we made it to the shuttle bus earlier than expected.
The bus is located outside the Taipei 101 mall at the exit in between the Yves-Saint Lauren and Cartier shops on the ground floor or near the MRT Taipei 101 station Exit 4. If you get to see the shop and the exit beside it, you’d find the KKday Shuttle Bus parked outside. The bus will depart on exact schedule so be sure to get there early.
In less than an hour, you will be arriving at National Palace Museum from Taipei 101 and vice versa. A more convenient way of getting to these tourist spots.
Shuttle Service Hours (from August 1, 2018 onwards):
– Taipei 101 to National Palace Museum: 11:00am / 12:00pm / 1:00pm / 2:00pm / 3:00pm / 4:00pm
– National Palace Museum to Taipei 101: 12:00pm / 1:00pm / 2:00pm / 3:00pm / 4:00pm / 5:00pm
National Palace Museum
General Admission costs NTD $350.
Group Admission costs NTD $320 (10 or more people).
Students and Senior Citizens NTD $150 (with valid ID).
More about the ticket prices in here.
You will be dropped off a few meters away from the entrance. The drop-off point will also be the pick-up point for the shuttle going to Taipei 101. Taipei 101 and National Palace Museum
The National Palace Museum has nearly over 700,000 collected artifacts from the ancient times including artworks. The collection in this museum consists of 8,000 years worth history to the latest ones. Now, is a fully modern museum, the Palace Museum also participates in Taiwan’s National Digital Archives Program, using the latest trends in digital technology to preserve its ancient artifacts digitally. The museum uses high technology to improve the museum experience for visitors.
All artifacts are spread over 4 floors and 2 exhibition halls. You also have the option to rent an English guide or an English audio tour with headphones. But to minimize expenses, you better explore the museum by yourself (which we did).
The most notable items in the National Palace Museum collections are metalworks, artworks and paintings, ceramics, carvings, calligraphy, rare books and documents, pieces of jewelry, and a lot more that are digitally displayed.
See our photos below at National Palace Museum.
We stayed in the museum for about an hour and a half, constantly checking if we have gone and seen all of the artifacts displayed in here. If you’d like a thorough visit to the museum, it is advisable to avail the audio tour with headphones. Taipei 101 and National Palace Museum
Outside the museum is also a stunning view. It’s where most photos are captured. If you’re in for a great photo, the spots outside are better, especially with sunshine.
Other destinations located close to the museum include Zhishan Garden, Shung Ye Museum of Formosan Aborigines, and the Zhishan Art Center.
Taipei 101 Observation Deck
General Admission costs NTD $600.
Priority Pass costs NT$1,200.
Group Admission costs NTD $540 (10 or more people).
Students and Senior Citizens NTD $540 (with valid ID).
More about the ticket prices in here.
We went here at around 9:00 PM after going down the Elephant Mountain. We know it’s a little bit late but we still managed to spend a great time in the area. Our preferred schedule to visit was actually in the evening for us to see the Taipei city from above. Taipei 101 and National Palace Museum
This is the second observation deck I’ve been to. My first experience at Observation Deck is at KL Tower in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
The Observation Deck is located on the 89th floor of the Taipei 101. It is open every day from 9 AM to 10 PM. The closing time of ticket sales and entrance is at 9:15 PM.
Here are things you must know before entering the Observation Deck.
1. Smoking and chewing gum and betel nut are prohibited in the entire premises.
2. Poorly dressed visitors or those wearing slippers will be barred from entry.
3. There may be a large number of visitors, so please follow the tour route in an orderly fashion. Please keep an eye on your personal belongings and safety as well.
4. Do not bring food, pets, prohibited or dangerous items into the premises.
5. Visitors who damage or vandalize equipment or property in the premises shall be responsible for repairs. 6. Please comply with safety inspections of your personal belongings.
7. Please comply with the regulations of the premises and the guidance and instructions provided by our service staff.
Taipei 101’s elevator is also one of the fastest in the world. Just make sure to equalize while the elevator is going up as the pressure builds as well. You won’t get bored while on the elevator as there will be a short light show while the elevator is moving, creating an elevator ride a fantastic experience.
After a short and enjoyable elevator ride, prepare to be amazed by the 360-degree view of whole Taipei. If you want to see the mountains, go in the morning. If you want to see the sparkling view of the city, the best time to get there is in the evening. Taipei 101 and National Palace Museum
Check out our photos below at Taipei 101 Observation Deck.
We saved quite a lot of cash because we availed the whole package of KKday Express Shuttle Bus: Taipei 101 Observation Deck – National Palace Museum. Imagine if we have to do it DIY, it would take us more than just a few hours – and the tickets wouldn’t be discounted. Taipei 101 and National Palace Museum
UNIQUE TRAVEL EXPERIENCE: Did you know you can also camp at the observatory? Check this out > Taipei 101 Observatory Skyhigh Camping Experience
Other KKday discounted offers in Taipei
1. Day Tour from Taipei: Jiufen, Yehliu, and Shifen
2. Taipei City Sightseeing Bus Tour
3. Taiwan Northeast Coast Day Tour
4. Day Tour from Taipei: Jiufen Old Street, Golden Waterfall, and Bitou Cape
5. Join-in Tour From Taipei: Yehliu, Pingxi, Jiufen
6. Taiwan Unlimited 4G Pre-Paid SIM Card
7. Taipei Night Market Walking Tour
8. Taiwan High-Speed Rail Unlimited Pass
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