Houtong Station

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Houtong Station
Houtong Station platform

Houtong Station (Chinese: 猴硐車站; pinyin: Hóudòng Chēzhàn) is a railway station on the Taiwan Railway Administration (TRA) Yilan Line located in Ruifang District, New Taipei, Taiwan. Houtong once sat on top of Taiwan's largest coal mine, but now visitors come to see the numerous cats living in the town.[1]


In 1920, during Japanese rule, the station was established as Kōdō-eki (Japanese: 猴硐驛). In 1962, the name was modified (Chinese: 侯硐; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Kâu-tōng), but returned to the original in 2013. In Taiwanese Hokkien, the station name is announced as Kau-tong-a (Chinese: 猴洞仔; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Kâu-tōng-á).[2]

Nearby stations[edit]

Preceding station   Taiwan Railway Administration   Following station
toward Badu
Yilan Line
toward Su'ao

Around the station[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ http://www.mandarintaiwan.com/blog/houtong-cat-village
  2. ^ "Entry #34122 (侯硐)". 臺灣閩南語常用詞辭典 [Dictionary of Frequently-Used Taiwan Minnan] (in Chinese and Hokkien). Ministry of Education, R.O.C. 2011. 

Coordinates: 25°05′14.0″N 121°49′39.7″E / 25.087222°N 121.827694°E / 25.087222; 121.827694