Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall [Taipei, Taiwan]

Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall is located in the Zhongzheng District of Taipei. Building began in 1976 to create this memorial to the first President of the Republic of China. A bronze statue of Chiang Kai-Shek is found inside the hall with the emblem of the Chinese Nationalist Party placed in the ceiling overhead. The statue symbolically faces west toward mainland China. Along with the National Theatre and National Concert hall, the Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall make up the prominent buildings within Memorial Hall Square or “Liberty Square” as it was renamed after much controversy in 2007.

Liberty Square is now a meeting place for cultural events, holiday celebrations, and the occasional protest. It’s a bustling place to be (especially on weekends). Be sure to give yourself plenty of time to wander around the grounds as there are ponds, bridges, and beautifully carved marble throughout. Sunset provides a useful backdrop for pictures of the hall and entry archway and every hour you can witness the changing of the guards ceremony in front of the memorial hall.

 

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 For more information:

Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall (Taiwan. gov)

http://www.cksmh.gov.tw/eng/

Taipei Travel

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