Tai Koo Station
|Hong Kong MTR rapid transit station|
Tai Koo Station
Location of Tai Koo Station in Hong Kong
|Station location and services|
|Line||█ Island Line|
|Service hours||0602 / 0112|
|Type of platforms||Island|
|Opened||31 May 1985|
|Tai Koo Station|
|Literal meaning||Archean / Swire / Too old|
Tai Koo (Chinese: 太古) is a station on the Island Line of the Hong Kong MTR system. The station is located in Kornhill, Quarry Bay on Hong Kong Island and serves the area of Kornhill, including Kornhill Gardens, and Taikoo Shing. Tai Koo has a unique colour scheme; its livery is crimson. Tai Koo station is one of the busiest stations in the system.
The Chinese name of the station can mean Archean. However, the station was named after Taikoo Shing, which was built on the former site of Taikoo Docks. The docks were in turn named after Swire, which its Chinese name also being 太古.
The Island Line opening ceremony was held in this station in May 1985 and was officiated by then-MTR chairman Sir Wilfrid Newton and Governor of Hong Kong Sir Edward Youde, who unveiled the commemorative plaques at the concourse level. The station is built in what was, at the time of its construction, the largest man-made cavern in Asia.
Tai Koo adheres to the general layout of most MTR stations. At ground level, there are numerous alphanumerically-named entrances and exits.
|Concourse||customer service, MTRShops|
|vending machines, ATM|
|Octopus promotion machine|
|Platform 1||→ █ Island Line towards Chai Wan (Sai Wan Ho) →|
|Platform 2||← █ Island Line towards Sheung Wan (Quarry Bay)|
Platforms 1 and 2 are arranged in the simple island platform layout. Unlike most of the other underground stations on the Island Line, Tai Koo does not have separate tubes for each track and platform as the station was built in the cut and cover method. This means that although there are escalators and stairs in the middle of the platform, it has an open design and the platforms are not separated. Each platform is equipped with platform screen doors for safety and ventilation reasons.
There are five groups of entrances and exits at Tai Koo station labeled A to E. In certain circumstances, there are subsets of these exit groups; these are marked with numbers.
- A: at the northeast corner of King's Road and Kornhill Road
- B: opposite the intersection of King's Road and Kornhill Road, for Kornhill blocks N-R
- C: between Kornhill Road and Hong On Street, for Kornhill blocks A-M and Kornhill Plaza South
- D: between King's Road and Taikoo Shing Road
- D1: for Cityplaza, One Island East and East Hong Kong
- D2: for Cityplaza
- E: at northeastern corner of Kornhill Gardens at King's Road
- E1: for Cityplaza
- E2: for Kornhill Gardens blocks 5-6
- E3: for Kornhill Gardens blocks 7-10
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|Preceding station||MTR||Following station|
towards Sheung Wan
towards Chai Wan