Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall

Attraction Chiang Kai‑shek Memorial Hall 100, Taiwan, 台北市 Zhongzheng District, 中山南路21號 Published on: 19-11-2015

2 hours
09:00 AM - 06:00 PM
09:00 AM
11:00 AM
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Chiang 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.

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Why Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall is special ?

Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall is a national monument built to co-memorate the great leader of the Republic of China, Chiang Kai-shek. He passed away on 5 April 1975. After his fifth year of death anniversary (5 April 1980), the CKS Memorial Hall was officially completed and the public was allowed to give respect to the leader in this Hall


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.


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What to explore at Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall?

Entrance to the main hall is made via a series of 88 steps (the age of Chiang when he died). Inside the cavernous hall is an artefact museum with Chiang's two Cadillacs, various documents and articles from daily life. The hourly changing of the honour guard is probably the most popular sight with most visitors.

Being used as Chiang Kai-Shek’s former office, the hall has various arrangements for each area. At the heritage display room, visitors may see historical records, valuable preserved photographs, and old commodities used by the former president. Through these displays, visitors will have an understanding of the precious historical properties of Taiwan. Also, Chiang Kai-Shek’s vehicles are showed in the central corridor. In addition, the auditorium offers a place for expert speeches and receptions of important foreign guests. The former president’s office was restored according to real positions in the memorial room.Through visiting the memorial hall, visitors will understand his working manners and establishments of the former president.

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.

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How to get to Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall?

To go to Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall, take MRT to Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall station (on both red / green line). On the red line, it is two stops after Taipei main station (direction of Xiangshan). If you're taking the green line, it is two stops after Ximen MRT station (direction of Shindian). To go to the park to see the cherry blossom flowers, walk towards the National Theatre located directly at the exit of the MRT station. Just walk next to the main road where the traffic passes by. Straight ahead, you will see the park with a pond and white Chinese-style bridge.

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

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  • Grand tribute to a leader
  • Beautiful architecture
  • Must visit place in Taiwan
  • A good piece of history
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Duration
5.0 days
Estimated
567.12 USD
Total travel distance
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Chiang Kai‑shek Memorial Hall 100, Taiwan, 台北市 Zhongzheng District, 中山南路21號

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  • Come here for sunrise or sunset to contemplate the flag ceremony. Get there maybe 15-minutes before the 'Changing Of The Guard,' every hour on the hour - so you'll be up front to see this exciting event. Bring your camera. Go slightly earlier to secure a good spot to see as it can get really crowded.
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  • Avoid on weekends and evenings when the kids come out to play.
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  • The Changing of the Guard, every hour, on the hour, is recommended viewing but be careful not to be fully inside the hall in the middle of summer as it can be very hot and you will not be allowed to exit during the ceremony which lasts about 20mins
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  • When you leave the Memorial, turn left at the bottom of the steps and walk into the garden. There is a pond with large fish in, that you can feed. Fish feed is 10NTD, available from a dispenser. Very photogenic to photograph family, on the bridge reflected in water, with fish in foreground
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  • Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall, 21 Chung-Shan S Rd, Taipei, Taiwan
    English address
  • Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall, 21 Chung-Shan S Rd, Taipei, Taiwan
    English address

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TripAdvisor View more

Would have appreciated the facility during cooler weather. Hotest temperatures in over 100 years made outside features difficult to enjoy. Landscaping and layout is impressive and when viewed from the memorial, highly enjoyable. Would recommend studying taiwan history before visiting here. from the mall, almost like Lincoln memorial in DC, with the general/president sitting on his seat....

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Easy to get to with it's own MRT Station. Impressive sight with the large square and Theatre/Concert Halls either side.The CKS statue, is flanked by 2 guards. On the hour a changing of the guard, ceremony takes place and is memorable. Just prior to the ceremony, people start to line up in front of the roped off area in front of the statue, to get the best view, don't join them! The Memorial staff move everyone back, near the entrance to allow the Guards to perform the ceremony. Best position for photos is directly in front of the statue, near the entrance, or on the sides near the pedestal that the Guards stand on. In the Ground floor is a museum and cafe. When you leave the Memorial, turn left at the bottom of the steps and walk into the garden. There is a pond with large fish in, that you can feed. Fish feed is 10NTD, available from a dispenser. Very photogenic to photograph family, on the bridge reflected in water, with fish in foreground.

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Gardens leading up to the memorial were lovely. Ate our lunch sitting on the grass. Woman brought her rabbit out for a walk, another had her dog in a pram. Watched changing of the guard - amazed the guards need to stand absolutely still between ceremonies. Fascinating.

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This monument for Chiang Kai-shek is a must-visit. Inside, the massive Memorial Hall is where you'll learn about his life and the history of Taiwan. This place has its own MRT Station (Xindian line). Very impressive. If you go at the right time, you can watch the ritual of the sentries switching post at the memorial. Worth seeing for its scope, but not much else besides the bronze statue of Kai-Shek. The weekends will have you people watching. That's when the area really comes to life. This imposing white monument with its distinctive blue octagonal roof is Taipei’s greatest cultural landmark. The museum below has some fine Kuomintang political party propaganda. Changing of the Guards every hour. Beware of tourists from mainland China - not to be disrespectful - as a matter of fact, they're pretty rude and quite noisy.

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Very easy to find by metro it is certainly a must visit. The building is a monster, but very impressive never the less. A gigantic bronze statue and museum underneath to the left side. Admission is free and it is really interesting to see history rewritten to fit the legend. and everything is really big and made to impress. The large Peace square has two great buildings one on each side the national theater and I forgot the other (sorry), great for pictures.

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