Houtong railway station

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Taiwan Railways Administration
Train station
TRA Houtong Station 20161220.jpg
LocationRuifang, New Taipei, Taiwan
Coordinates25°05′14.0″N 121°49′39.7″E / 25.087222°N 121.827694°E / 25.087222; 121.827694Coordinates: 25°05′14.0″N 121°49′39.7″E / 25.087222°N 121.827694°E / 25.087222; 121.827694
Owned byTaiwan Railways Administration
Operated byTaiwan Railways Administration
Line(s)     Yilan
Train operatorsTaiwan Railways Administration
Opened27 January 1920
Passengers1,851 daily (2014)[1]
Preceding station Taiwan Railways Administration Taiwan Railways Following station
towards Badu
Yilan line Sandiaoling
towards Su'ao
Houtong station platform

Houtong (Chinese: 猴硐車站; pinyin: Hóudòng Chēzhàn) is a railway station on the Taiwan Railways Administration 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.[2]


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).[3]

Around the station[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Volume of Passenger and Freight Traffic" (PDF). Taiwan Railway Administration. 2015. Retrieved 2015-05-08.
  2. ^ http://www.mandarintaiwan.com/blog/houtong-cat-village
  3. ^ "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.CS1 maint: Unrecognized language (link)