Bank of Taiwan

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Bank of Taiwan
Founded1897 (1897)
HeadquartersTaipei, Taiwan
Area served
Mainland China
Hong Kong
South Africa
United Kingdom
United States
Key people
Joseph Lyu, Chairperman
ProductsFinancial services
Total assetsIncreaseNTD 4,929 billion (2017)
(US$ 1,643 billion)[1]
Number of employees
8,122 (2017)
ParentTaiwan Financial Holdings
Footnotes / references
Issuer of banknotes (1899-2000), De facto Central Bank (1949-1961)
Bank of Taiwan
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese臺灣銀行
Simplified Chinese台湾银行
Japanese name
Bank of Taiwan Head Office in Taipei

The Bank of Taiwan (BOT, Chinese: 臺灣銀行; pinyin: Táiwān Yínháng; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Tâi-oân gîn-hâng, see below) is a commercial bank headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan. It is owned by the government of Taiwan.


Bank of Taiwan Head Office Building in 1939

The Bank of Taiwan was established as Taiwan's central bank in 1899, during Japanese rule. The bank's creation was authorized in 1897 by the Bank Act of Taiwan which encouraged Japanese enterprises, such as the Mitsubishi and Mitsui Groups, to invest in Taiwan. Extensive cooperation ensued between the Nippon Kangyo Bank and the Bank of Taiwan. A financial crisis facing these banks in 1927 was relieved with assistance from the Bank of Japan. Bank branches were created in other parts of Asia as the empire expanded, including areas in China and Southeast Asia.

After the Japanese surrender in 1945, the ROC government (led by the Chinese Nationalist Party, or KMT) took over the Bank of Taiwan and began issuing Taiwan dollars, also known as Taiwan Nationalist Yuan, through the Bank of Taiwan. This currency is now referred to as the "old Taiwan dollar." Severe inflation of this currency during the Chinese Civil War led the Bank of Taiwan to issue the New Taiwan Dollar in 1949. After the loss of mainland China in the Chinese Civil War by the KMT and its subsequent retreat to Taiwan, the Bank of Taiwan took on a more central role as the central bank of the ROC until the Central Bank of China was reestablished in 1961. The Bank of Taiwan was governed under the Taiwan Provincial Government until 1998 when governance was transferred to the ROC Finance Ministry. In 2001 the Central Bank of China took over the task of issuing the New Taiwan Dollar.

The Bank of Taiwan currently operates a total of 169 domestic branches as well as branches in Tokyo, Singapore, Hong Kong and the People's Republic of China. Branches have also been established in New York City, Los Angeles, London, and South Africa.

In July 2007, the Bank of Taiwan merged with the Central Trust of China (中央信託局) as part of a government financial reform package. The bank continues to operate as an independent company taking over some aspects of the Trust's banking business. In January 2008, the Bank became part of the Taiwan Financial Holding Group (臺灣金融控股公司), which also contains BankTaiwan Securities and BankTaiwan Life Insurance.

Corporate Structure[edit]

Department of Public Treasury
Department of Economic Research

The Bank of Taiwan currently consists of the following departments of businesses:

  • Department of Planning
  • Department of Circulation
  • Department of Business
  • Department of Risk Management
  • Department of Corporate Finance
  • Department of Public Treasury
  • Department of Consumer Finance
  • Department of International Banking
  • Department of Treasury
  • Department of Trusts
  • Department of Electronic Banking
  • Department of Wealth Management
  • Department of Credit Management
  • Department of Government Employee Insurance
  • Department of Real Estate Management
  • Department of Procurement
  • Department of Domestic Operations
  • Department of Load Assets Management
  • Department of Credit Analysis
  • Department of Precious Metals
  • Department of Accounting
  • Department of Legal Affairs
  • Department of Human Resources
  • Department of Information Management
  • Department of General Affairs
  • Department of Economic Research
  • Department of Ethics
  • Secretariat

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Balance Sheet". Archived from the original on 2009-01-06. Retrieved 2008-01-23.

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