Chang-Gu World Trade Center

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Chang-Gu World Trade Center
Zhǎnggǔ Shìmào Liánhéguó Dàlóu
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Chang-Gu World Trade Center
Chang-Gu World Trade Center is located in Taiwan
Chang-Gu World Trade Center
Chang-Gu World Trade Center
Alternative names Grand 50 Tower
Record height
Tallest in Taiwan from 1992 (1992) to 1993 (1993)[I]
Preceded by Asia-Pacific Financial Plaza
Surpassed by Shin Kong Life Tower
General information
Status Complete
Type Skyscraper
Architectural style Oriental revivalism
Classification Commercial
Location Sanmin District
Address 80 Min-Tzu 1st Road
Town or city Kaohsiung City
Country Taiwan
Coordinates 22°38′35.2″N 120°18′53.7″E / 22.643111°N 120.314917°E / 22.643111; 120.314917
Completed 1992 (1992)
Client Chang Ku Building Company
Architectural 222 metres (728 ft)
Tip 222 metres (728 ft)
Technical details
Floor count 55 (50 above and 5 below)
Grounds 83,310 square metres (896,700 sq ft)
Design and construction
Architecture firm C.Y. Lee & Partners
Structural engineer Evergreen Consulting Engineering
Main contractor Turner Construction
Other information
Parking 281-space underground parking garage

The Chang-Gu World Trade Center (Chinese: 長谷世貿聯合國大樓; pinyin: Zhǎnggǔ Shìmào Liánhéguó Dàlóu), also known as Grand 50 Tower, is a 222 metres (728 ft) tall skyscraper in Sanmin District of Kaohsiung, Taiwan. It was completed in 1992 and was designed by C.Y. Lee & Partners. It has 50 floors, the first building in Taiwan to have 50 floors or over, note the alternative name.


After its completion in 1992, the Chang-Gu World Trade Center became the tallest building in Taiwan. However, it only kept this title for 6 months when the Shin Kong Life Tower in Taipei was completed in early 1993. It kept the title as the tallest building in Kaohsiung for 5 years until the completion of the Tuntex Sky Tower in 1997. The building is currently the 188th tallest building in the world and 4th tallest in Taiwan.

The building follows a Chinese pagoda style and has an octagonal base to be stable against high winds which are typical in Taiwan as it is prone to typhoons. During the buildings test phase, it was tested to pressures equivalent of wind speeds in excess of 300 mph. It was also tested to withstand earthquakes which are commonplace in Taiwan.

The buildings crown follows the same perimeter as the rest of the building however it stands on an elaborate, thin base. The underside of the crown is lit up at night however the rest is not. The top is home to the Grand 50 Club which is managed by the Peninsula Group based in Hong Kong. The Grand 50 Club is known as a prestigious night-spot.

The building contains a car park with 280 spaces available. This located underneath the building, covering five underground floors. The atrium is 21 stories high and is clad in Spanish granite. At the top of the building is a helicopter pad.


Chang-Gu World Trade Center

The building is accessible within walking distance North East from Kaohsiung Station of the Kaohsiung MRT or Taiwan Railway Administration.

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Preceded by
Asia-Pacific Financial Plaza
Tallest building in Taiwan
1992 – 1993
Succeeded by
Shin Kong Life Tower