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Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall 中正纪念堂

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.

Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall 中正纪念堂

The gigantic Memorial Hall Square instantly make all visitors looks tiny.

Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall 中正纪念堂

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.

Taipei Attractions: Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall 中正纪念堂

It is massive, it is impressive!

Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall 中正纪念堂

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.

Taipei Attractions: Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall 中正纪念堂

As you walk along the Memorial Square, do not ignore the gardens on both sides, they are equally beautiful.

Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall 中正纪念堂

Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall 中正纪念堂

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.

Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall 中正纪念堂

Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall 中正纪念堂

Taipei Attractions: Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall 中正纪念堂

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.

Taipei Attractions: Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall 中正纪念堂

The Memorial Hall was officially opened in 1980, 4 years after construction began in 1976.

Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall 中正纪念堂

Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall 中正纪念堂

Two National Guards flank the late President statue daily from the opening hours of 9am till 6pm closing time.

Taipei Attractions: Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall 中正纪念堂

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.

Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall 中正纪念堂

Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall 中正纪念堂

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.

Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall 中正纪念堂

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.

Taipei National Theatre

Taipei National Theatre

Taipei Attractions: Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall 中正纪念堂

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!

Taipei Attractions: Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall 中正纪念堂

Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall 中正纪念堂

Taipei Attractions: Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall 中正纪念堂

Taipei Attractions: Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall 中正纪念堂

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.

Guide To Chiang Kai Shiek Memorial Hall

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.

Taipei Attractions: Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall 中正纪念堂

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.

Guide To Chiang Kai Shiek Memorial Hall

In actual fact, there are more to see in the Memorial Hall, such as art gallery.

Guide To Chiang Kai Shiek Memorial Hall

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).

Guide To Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall

Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall Station

Go through Exit 5.

Guide To Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall

Upon exit, Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall is just steps away from you!

Taipei Attractions: Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall 中正纪念堂

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