Frankly, I never think much of this Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall. But being here and seen it personally is a totally difference experience. In the end, I came twice in 5 days! And then another 2 times in some 4 months after.
The gigantic Memorial Hall Square instantly make all visitors looks tiny.
I have seen this structure in many magazines and on TV programmes, it doesn’t looks that massive, in fact, when we first arrived and was still 200 meters away, it looks to be very small from far, but the magnitude of the Memorial Hall looms larger and larger as one approaches it.
It is massive, it is impressive!
When we reaches the foot of the Memorial Hall, wow, then did we realise that it was really huge, and the steps of stairs are more than what we previously envisaged. Each side of the stairs has 89 steps, each representing a year of Chiang Kai Shek’s age.
As you walk along the Memorial Square, do not ignore the gardens on both sides, they are equally beautiful.
Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall was built to commemorate the late Taiwan First President Chiang Kai Shek (1887-1975), who passed away on 5 April 1975.
To me, some attractions are just an attraction, you have the option to choose if you want to visit it. But some attractions, like this one, is a national monument, not just a tourists attraction, which is why it is very compelling to know what it is all about. Which is why if time permits and I know how to go, I never failed to visit any.
The Memorial Hall was officially opened in 1980, 4 years after construction began in 1976.
Two National Guards flank the late President statue daily from the opening hours of 9am till 6pm closing time.
If you have the time, you might want to see the drill on Change Of Guards or Guard Mounting Ceremony, which is actually a drill whereby the Guards are change to take a rest… well, it’s not easy standing unmove for an hour right? According to the information provided, this happens every hour from 9am till 6pm.
The ceremony is especially packed with hundreds of tourists about 20 minutes before it begins, so come early if you want to watch. I managed to catch the show 4 months later when I came again.
Flanking on both sides of the Memorial Hall Square are two huge structures: National Theater and National Concert Hall, looks very much like the Forbidden City in Beijing China.
The impressive entrance to the Memorial Hall Square is under construction… disappointing, I hate that when on holiday! But when I visited Taipei for the second time 4 months later, I finally got the chance to see this fantastic structure!
How interesting is this Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall?
On holiday, I have the habit or custom of visiting the Independence Hall or Memorial Hall of a particular country or leader, I find it rather interesting. Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall is definitely on my itinerary, but not the first priority attractions I wanted to see due to the packed schedule.
But upon seeing it for the first time… the first tour was disturbed by Typhoon… I came again 2 days later to have a closer look. I feel good, and I feel great just by standing at the Memorial Square. That’s how impressive it is! As said earlier, in the end, I came another 2 times some 4 months later when I visited Taipei again.
Undeterred by the impending Typhoon, the place is still filled with hundreds of tourists… disappointed tourists though, as The Memorial Hall is closed due to the bad weather.
In actual fact, there are more to see in the Memorial Hall, such as art gallery.
How to get there ?
Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall, unlike other government runs attractions, is opened daily from 9am-6pm. No admission fee is needed.
Going there is fairly easy as it is very conveniently located. Simply take the train to Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall Station ( indicated by the yellow coloured arrow on following picture).
Go through Exit 5.
Upon exit, Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall is just steps away from you!