BACKPACKING TAIWAN: CHIANG KAI-SHEK MEMORIAL HALL


16426308_10154899222352492_1393807362_nChiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall is located in the heart of Taipei City. The area is 250,000 square meters and it is the attraction most visited by foreign tourists. Outside the gate of Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, there are poles carrying the sign of true rightness. The architecture of Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall is inspired by Tiantan in Beijing. The four sides of the structure are similar to those of the pyramids in Egypt. The material is white marble. The roofs are decorated with deep-blue glass as part of the reflection of blue sky and bright sun. It adds a touch of grandeur. The garden is planted with red flowers. As a whole, the colors of blue, white and red express the National Flag and the spirit of freedom, equality and brotherhood.

The great building has become a landmark of Taipei City. There are also places for international art performances. They are National Theater and National Concert Hall. World famous musicians (such as the great cello performer Yo Yo Ma and the great violinist Shao Lian Lin) and renowned playgroups have conducted performance here. The garden with beautiful flowers, miniature hills and plants, ponds, ornamental bridge and waterfalls as well as green grass presents scenery beauty. The walls surrounding the area are with nostalgic design. The place is enriched with the beauty of traditional Chinese gardens. There are various activities taking place in the square. There are the concert of the world renowned three tenors, school band performances, cheerleader performances and fairs. One can pay respect to the historical great leader, as well as participate in the relaxation activities of local residents. The place provides a precious plain view among the tall buildings of Taipei.

img_1391However the most notable figure here is the bronze statue of Chiang Kai-shek inside the hall. With a small smile carved onto his face, he forever sits on his throne looking out at his wondrous Taiwan.

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Below the hall is Chiang Kai-shek museum, where you can learn all about his life, his political actions, relationships with other leaders and the impact he had on China and Taiwan. You can even see the car he used to have and other personal relics throughout his lifetime.img_1414

It’s interesting to learn more about this leader as I know that he paved the way for the democracy present in Taiwan right now.img_1417

How to get here:
There are 2 options MRT. From Taipei Main Station, choose Tamsui line (red line) to Xindian. From Ximen MRT station, choose green light line, both of lines will directly to Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall MRT Station.

Opening Time:
Open daily from 09:00 to 18:00, except for Chinese New Year Eve and Chinese New Year

Entrance Fee:
FREE

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