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Houtong railway station

Houtong railway station

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]


Train station
General information
LocationRuifang, New Taipei, Taiwan
Coordinates25°05′14.0″N 121°49′39.7″E
Owned byTaiwan Railways Administration
Operated byTaiwan Railways Administration
Line(s)  Yilan
Train operatorsTaiwan Railways Administration
Opened27 January 1920
1,851 daily (2014)[1]
Preceding station Taiwan Railways Following station
towards Badu
Eastern Trunk line Sandiaoling
towards Taitung
Houtong station platform


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

See also


  1. "Volume of Passenger and Freight Traffic" (PDF). Taiwan Railway Administration. 2015. Retrieved 2015-05-08.
  2. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-07-21. Retrieved 2015-07-19.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  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.

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