Attraction No.139 Bei'an Road, Taipei 111, Taiwan Published on: 13-11-2015
|1 hours 30 mins|
|09:00 AM - 05:00 PM|
National Revolutionary Martyrs' Shrine is good for
- Highly recommended by fellow travellers.
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Why National Revolutionary Martyrs' Shrine is special ?
Taipei’s National Revolutionary Martyrs’ Shine honors the men and women who died fighting on behalf of Taiwan in the second Sino-Japanese War, Chinese Civil War and both Taiwan Cross-Strait Crises among others. Around 390,000 names are listed on wooden plaques throughout the complex. The site has several structures, including a separate shrine for both military and civilian martyrs and a drum tower used during special rites ceremonies. Both the civilian and military martyrs’ shrines display profiles of some of the martyrs enshrined there and information about the conflicts.
The shrine was completed in 1969 and was inspired by the Hall of Supreme Harmony in Beijing. Plan your visit on the hour mark to witness the changing of the guard, an elaborate ritual similar to that seen at Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall. Memorial rites take place on March 29 and September 3 each year when the president and other government leaders come to pay their respects.
What to explore at National Revolutionary Martyrs' Shrine?
The shrine is an important tourist attraction for anyone. Those interested in history and architecture will be impressed by the striking and serene building, recalling the Ming Dynasty style of the Taihe Dian Imperial Palace in Beijing.
The building houses the spirit tablets of the fallen heroes, a traditional way for East Asian cultures to venerate an honored ancestor or deity. The shrine has plaques explaining the history of Taiwan during World War II and the Civil War with Communist China.
The structure was established in 1969 in Taipei City, Taiwan, as a lasting dedication to the war dead of the Republic of China. The design itself is meant to symbolize the courageous spirit of the martyrs.
The location of the shrine is also very peaceful, with the slopes of the Chingshan Mountain in the background and the Keelung River in the front. It is surrounded by about 33,000 square meters of grass land. The peaceful setting invites quiet reflection and honoring of the dead.
What makes a visit to The National Revolutionary Martyrs' Shrine most memorable is the changing of the honor guard every hour. The ceremonial changing of the guard attracts a large audience. The slow and solemn 30 minute ceremony is marked by incredible military precision.
The military officers of the guard undergo extensive training. Once a shift is changed, the soldiers stand solemn and still before the shrine until they are replaced in the next hour. The ceremony instills in visitors a sense of honor for the monument and the guards who protect it.
How to get to National Revolutionary Martyrs' Shrine?
The address of the Martyrs' Shrine is 138 Beian Road, Zhongshan District, Taipei City. It is located just east of the Grand hotel and is approximately a five-minute walk from that hotel.
Transportation to the shrine can be by bus, MRT or car. For bus, take route 208, 21, 213, 247, 267, 287, 42, 646, 902, red 2 or red 3 to the Martyrs' Shrine Stop.
For MRT, take the Danshui Line to Yuanshan MRT Station and then transfer to bus route 267, 646 to Martyrs' Shrine. For car, drive on Zhongshan North Rd toward Beian Rd until the roundabout.
- “Revered site for Taiwanese”
- “Nice architecture building”
- “Sacred and Beautiful Shrine to the Fallen”
- “A beautiful square”
No.139 Bei'an Road, Taipei 111, Taiwan
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The guard changing ceremony seems to take about 1/2 hour, and comprises 2 parts - 2 guards at the shrine itself and 2 at the gateway near the road. The discipline and precision of the young soldiers is most impressive. Entry into and photography of the large shrine building itself, but there are plenty of displays in the surrounding arcades, complete with good and extensive English translations. Expect, of course, a nationalistic take on the history here. Access is difficult and we finished up with a lengthy walk from the MRT station we thought was closest - finished up having to walk alongside a confusing freeway system, so a taxi might be best from hotel or convenient station. Buses of tourists are delivered here quite regularly, making some viewing of the guard changing ceremony difficult, although the "ushers" do a pretty god job of crowd control. The crowds of tourists don't seem to be given time to read all the interpretation panels and view the photos, so you should have these pretty much to yourself.
They change guards at 1pm sharp. Visitors and not allowed in at that time
This is a very beautiful place to visit. Again, like you would expect, there is much history and it is a very humbling experience also. Not exactly related to Taiwanese history, more to do with China's revolution. Still though, it has a great changing of the guards.
Try to be there around 5pm so you can see the change of guards. If you have plenty of time it will be a good place to go by bike in your way to Tanshui.
This is worth a visit. Bring your camera. The changing of the guards is a delight to watch. Was told that the guards do not blink while on their 1-hour duty.