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Taipei 101 (formerly known as the Taipei World Financial Center) is a landmark skyscraper located in Taipei, Taiwan. At a height of 509 metres, it was the tallest building in the world at the time of its opening.

History[]

After a series of earthquakes and typhoons that destroyed many buildings in Taiwan, many buildings were to be constructed and be earthquake and typhoon-proof. Taipei 101 was one of the buildings. Originally, the building was not to be earthquake-proof but in 2002, a huge earthquake shook a crane off the building, causing it to collapse and fall onto the crowd below, killing five people. This prompted the Taiwanese government to change the building's layout.

The building finally opened in 2004 and was the tallest building in the world. Alain Robert, famous for scaling buildings climbed the building as a part of its opening ceremony. A 391-metre observation deck opened, and was the tallest observation deck in the world until 2008 when the observation deck in the Shanghai World Financial Center opened. The building lost its height status in 2010 when the 829-metre tall Burj Khalifa opened. The building is still the tallest building in Taiwan.

Other than being the former tallest building in the world, it is also the the tallest sundial in the world. It also had the largest mall in the world inside it until 2009 when the Dubai Mall opened.

Trivia[]

  • The building is famous for its gigantic firework display during New Year's Day.
  • The building's sundial is the largest in the world.
  • The building is considered a symbol in Taiwan.
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