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Tai Koo (Chinese: 太古) 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 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]

Tai Koo

太古
MTR
MTR rapid transit station
Tai Koo Station 2014 02 part1.JPG
Platform 1
Chinese name
Chinese太古
Literal meaningToo old
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; 114.2161Coordinates: 22°17′05″N 114°12′58″E / 22.2846°N 114.2161°E / 22.2846; 114.2161
Operated byMTR Corporation
Line(s)
Platforms2 (island platform)
ConnectionsBus, public light bus, tram
Construction
Structure typeUnderground
Platform levels1
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Station codeTAK
History
Opened
  • 31 May 1985 (1985-05-31)
Services
Preceding station MTR MTR Following station
Quarry Bay
towards Kennedy Town
Island line Sai Wan Ho
towards Chai Wan
Track layout
1
2
Location
Hong Kong MTR system map
Hong Kong MTR system map
Tai Koo
Location within the MTR system

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.

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HistoryEdit

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 Sir 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.[1]

Station layoutEdit

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 customer service, MTRShops
vending machines, ATM
Octopus promotion machine
P
Platform
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)

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Entrances/exitsEdit

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.[3]

  • A: at the northeast corner of King's Road and Kornhill Road
  • B: opposite the intersection of King's Road and Kornhill Road, for Kornhill blocks N-R
  • C: between Kornhill Road and Hong On Street, for Kornhill blocks A-M and Kornhill Plaza South
  • D: between King's Road and Taikoo Shing Road
    • D1: for Cityplaza, One Island East and East Hong Kong  
    • D2: for Cityplaza
  • E: at northeastern corner of Kornhill Gardens at King's Road
    • E1: for Cityplaza
    • E2: for Kornhill Gardens blocks 5-6
    • E3: for Kornhill Gardens blocks 7-10

Transport connectionsEdit

MinibusEdit

To Kornhill
  • 33M (at exit B or C)
To Mount Parker Lodge
  • 32A (at exit B, E2 or E3)
To Nam Fung Sun Chuen

BusEdit

To Tsz Wan Shan (Central)

IncidentsEdit

On Sunday 11 August 2019, during a police crackdown on the 2019 Hong Kong anti-extradition bill protests, the Hong Kong Police Force, who had been waiting at exit C, violently baton-bludgeoned passengers who were just emerging from inside the station, shoving them down from the top of the escalators even as passengers were retreating, ignoring the risk of a stampede on a long escalator. The police also shot pepper balls at passengers at close range, at around 1 metre. This incident led to international condemnation by news sources such as the BBC. [4] On Monday 12 August 2019, from around 9:30pm, up to around 200 residents gathered inside the station in front of the Control Room, demanding a rundown of events on Sunday evening, information of which the Station Master said he did not have. Wondering how passengers and protesters ran right into the police at exit C, of 4 main exits, residents also asked if station staff had informed the police, who seemed to have been in ambush, co-operatively laying a trap for protesters and pasengers. After numerous calls from residents for response, the Station Master, Mr Wei, said he had not initiated contact with the police. Residents were unhappy with response from station staff in general and around 50 of them staged a sit-in well past midnight, with some spending the night there on the floor inside the station till the morning.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Forsyth, Neil (1990). Underground Pride. Mass Transit Railway Corporation. Retrieved 21 November 2013 – via YouTube.
  2. ^ "Tai Koo Station layout" (PDF). MTR Corporation. Retrieved 31 July 2014.
  3. ^ "Tai Koo Station street map" (PDF). MTR Corporation. Retrieved 31 July 2014.
  4. ^ https://hk.news.appledaily.com/international/realtime/article/20190812/59922482