Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, Taipei, Taiwan

Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, Taipei, Taiwan

© Damien Bouhours

The National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall is one of the places you have to visit when coming to Taipei, Taiwan. This memorial of Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek is both an architectural marvel and a nice way to know more about the history of Formosa Island. Chiang was an influential member of the Kuomintang (KMT) and former President of the Republic of China. Until recently, it was a widespread practice for Taiwanese people to hang portraits of Chiang in their homes. And as for many memorials, everything is about symbolism. For instance, the 89 steps to the monument represent Chiang’s age at the time of his death, on the 5th April 1975. The blue and white colors of the building and the red color of the flowerbeds echo the colors in the flag of the Republic of China. An elaborate caisson is set into the ceiling, decorated with the emblem of the Kuomintang (KMT) (see picture).

© Damien Bouhours

© Damien Bouhours

Once you have finished your visit of the downstairs museum, wander around its surroundings. You can sit in the nearby park or push your cultural journey through the National Theater and National Concert Hall. And you can always come back to the memorial if you have missed the changing of the guards, which takes place every hour.

How to go there?
Take THSR or train to Taipei Station. Transfer Taipei MRT to CKS Memorial Hall Station

 

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