Jiantan MRT station

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R15 劍潭
Taipei Metro
Taipei MRT Jiantan Station.jpg
Jiantan Station's dragon boat architecture
Location No. 65, Sec. 5, Zhongshan N. Rd.
Shilin, Taipei
Operated by
Connections Bus stop
Structure type Elevated
Opened 28 March 1997
Passengers 71,398 daily (2016)[1]
(Ranked 10th of 109)
Jiantan MRT station
Traditional Chinese 劍潭站
Simplified Chinese 剑潭站

The Taipei Metro Jiantan station (Chinese: 劍潭站) is a station on Tamsui Line (Red Line), located in the Jiantan (劍潭) area of Shilin District, Taipei, Taiwan. There was a station of the same name on the now-defunct TRA Tamsui Line, however the position was different; the TRA station was further south.

Station overview[edit]

Station platform
Exit 2 of Jiantan station

The two-level, elevated station structure with one island platform and two side exits. The washrooms are inside the entrance area.[2] Notable landmarks are National Revolutionary Martyrs' Shrine, Jiantan Park and Ming Chuan University.

This station is well known for its architecture, which is based on a dragon boat. The station is also next to the Shilin Night Market[3] and experiences heavy traffic during the evening hours.

Due to its unique dragon boat architecture, it was awarded the 19th Annual Taiwan Architecture Award in 1997.[4]


The station was originally opened on 17 August 1915 as "Miyanoshita Station" (Japanese: 宮ノ下乘降場). It was for passengers looking to visit Taiwan Grand Shrine on Jiantan Mountain. (The shrine no longer exits; its former location is where the Grand Hotel currently stands.) After the war, it was renamed Jiantan station and then closed in the 1950s. The station location was where the Jiantan Youth Activity Center currently stands.

The Taipei Metro station was originally going to be constructed as two stations: one at the old TRA station location (R18) and another one called Mingchuan Station (R19). However, residents around the proposed Mingchuan Station opposed the plan. Thus, a station was constructed at the midpoint of the two proposed stations (hence the current station number R18A), and was opened on 28 March 1997.

Station layout[edit]

2F Platform 1 Taipei Metro Line R.svg Tamsui–Xinyi Line toward Tamsui / Beitou (R16 Shilin)
Island platform, doors will open on the left
Platform 2 Taipei Metro Line R.svg Tamsui–Xinyi Line toward Xiangshan / Daan (R14 Yuanshan)
Street Level Concourse Entrance/Exit, lobby, information desk, automatic ticket dispensing machines, one-way faregates
Preceding station Taipei Metro Logo(Logo Only).svg Taipei Metro Following station
towards Tamsui or Beitou
Tamsui–Xinyi line Yuanshan
towards Xiangshan or Daan


  1. ^ "Passenger Volume at Taipei Rapid Transit Stations" (PDF). Taipei City Department of Transportation. 2017-03-13. Retrieved 2017-03-13. 
  2. ^ "Route Map: Jiantan". [permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Three days in Taipei". Stars and Stripes. 2009-02-15. 
  4. ^ "建築師雜誌獎(1979-1998)". Taiwan Architect Magazine. 

Coordinates: 25°05′04″N 121°31′30″E / 25.0844°N 121.5250°E / 25.0844; 121.5250