National Chiang-Kai Shek Memorial Hall ( National Taiwan Democracy Memorial Hall) is one of the most (if not the most) famous landmark and monument that is in every Taiwan itinerary on the internet. It is also in every Taipei album on feeds anywhere on social media. It commemorates the life and accomplishments of the former President of the Republic of China, Generalissimo Chiang-Kai Shek. Designed by C.C Yang, it was erected in the year 1980, and is part of a much grander complex comprised of a park, Memorial Hall Square, National Theater and National Concert Hall.
This tourist destination goes by another name, it is currently called Liberty Square as indicated over the front gate. The change in its name was politically motivated, but most people still refer to it as what it is commonly known now – the CKS Memorial Hall.
The building has a total area of 250 SQM, it is octagon-shaped (as for the Chinese, eight is a number associated with abundance and good fortune), white and rises to 76 meters high. It is topped off with blue tiles and red accents which is represented by the colors of the Taiwanese flag. The lower level is dedicated to the former president’s life, career and the history of Taiwan under his rule, while the upper level houses a huge statue of him and where a changing of the guards is witnessed from time to time.
The whole area also recognizes music and the arts – it is a gathering place for locals, young and old who dance and sing traditional songs. The site is also a major venue for expert speeches and receptions of important foreign guests; it has also witnessed numerous local and international performances and exhibitions. All in all, the history of the monument as well as the modern-day fetes have been supremely significant for the over-all culture of Taiwan.
How to get there:
By Train: Take Red Line 2 or Green Line 3 to Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall (中正紀念堂), sometimes labeled as C.K.S. Memorial Hall.
By Bus: Bus route 15, 18, 20, 22, 37, 204, 208, 214, 236, 248, 249, 251, 252, 261, 263, 270, 297, 621, 623, 630, 65, exit Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall station(中正紀念堂站) or Nanmen market station(南門市場站).
Memorial Hall: Open daily from 09:00 to 18:00, except for Chinese New Year Eve and Chinese New Year
Memorial Park: Open daily from 05:00 to 24:00
Raising and Lowering the National Flag:
Summer time(4/1~9/30): Raising the flag: 06:00/ Lowering the flag: 18:10
Winter time(10/1~3/31): Raising the flag: 06:30/ Lowering the flag: 17:10
Changing of the honored guards:
Morning: 09:00, 10:00, 11:00, 12:00
Afternoon: 13:00, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00, 17:00
It was kind of a challenge navigating through the rain. As I have said in my previous post, it poured for five days so most of our photos are with umbrellas. 🙂