Tai Koo

MTR MTR rapid transit station
Platform 1
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese
Simplified Chinese
Hanyu PinyinTàigǔ
Cantonese YaleTaaigú
Literal meaningMost historic
Standard Mandarin
Hanyu PinyinTàigǔ
Yue: Cantonese
Yale RomanizationTaaigú
General information
LocationKornhill, King's Road, Quarry Bay
Eastern District, Hong Kong
Coordinates22°17′05″N 114°12′58″E / 22.2846°N 114.2161°E / 22.2846; 114.2161
Owned byMTR Corporation
Operated byMTR Corporation
Line(s)Island line
Platforms2 (1 island platform)
Structure typeUnderground
Platform levels1
Other information
Station codeTAK
Opened31 May 1985; 38 years ago (1985-05-31)
Previous namesThornhill
Preceding station MTR MTR Following station
Quarry Bay
towards Kennedy Town
Island line Sai Wan Ho
towards Chai Wan
Track layout
Hong Kong MTR system map
Hong Kong MTR system map
Tai Koo
Location within the MTR system
Hong Kong MTR system map
Hong Kong MTR system map
Tai Koo
Tai Koo (Hong Kong Island)

Tai Koo (Chinese: 太古; pinyin: Tàigǔ; Cantonese Yale: Taaigú) 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 including Kornhill, Kornhill Gardens and Taikoo Shing. Tai Koo has a unique crimson livery and is one of the busiest stations in the system.[not verified in body]

The station was named for Taikoo Shing, the large-scale residential development built on the former site of Taikoo Dockyard, a Swire company, "Taikoo" being the Romanisation of the latter's Chinese name.


Excavation of the station cavern was completed in October 1983.[1]

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 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.[2]

Station layout

Tai Koo adheres to the general layout of most MTR stations. At ground level, there are numerous alphanumerically-named entrances and exits.

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, but is located in a single tube encompassing both the concourse and the platform. Although it was not built in the cut and cover method, it is similar to cut and cover stations in 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.

G Ground level Exits
C Concourse MTRShops
vending machines, ATM
Octopus promotion machine
Platform 1      Island line towards Chai Wan (Sai Wan Ho)
Island platform, doors will open on the right
Platform 2      Island line towards Kennedy Town (Quarry Bay)



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.[4]


  1. ^ Mass Transit Railway Corporation Annual Report 1983. Hong Kong: Mass Transit Railway Corporation. 1984. p. 13.
  2. ^ Forsyth, Neil (1990). Underground Pride. Mass Transit Railway Corporation. Retrieved 21 November 2013 – via YouTube.
  3. ^ "Tai Koo Station layout" (PDF). MTR Corporation. Retrieved 31 July 2014.
  4. ^ "Tai Koo Station street map" (PDF). MTR Corporation. Retrieved 31 July 2014.