The Changing Of The Guard Ceremony

The Changing Of The Guard Ceremony at Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall is the main highlight of the tour, not just a few snapshots with the gigantic bronze statue of Chiang Kai Shek.

 Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall

Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall

The ceremony takes place every hour starting from 9 am, it lasts for about 15 minutes, but the amount of people it could attract is huge, probably about 500 people. As the Memorial Hall attracts thousands of people daily, to get to the front of the hall to witness the ceremony in close-up actions, you need to come much earlier before the ceremony starts.

The Changing Of The Guard Ceremony timing.

On my first visit, the hall was closed due to Typhoon, and on my second visit as I do not have much time left for the ceremony, I simply missed it, on my third visit ( 4 months later), the crowd was so huge that I was left at the tail-end of the crowd ( following picture).

 Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall

This was the fourth time I’m here, I’m determined to catch the full ceremony, so I was here before 9 am, long before the gate was even opened for the public.

 Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall

Hundreds of tourists, mostly lead by the guides, were already there early morning waiting to pounce into the hall to witness the grand ceremony.

Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall

It was chaotic, as there was no queue direction or guide on where to go, so everyone just gathered at the stairs. The security guard there didn’t seems to care.

The Changing Of The Guard Ceremony at Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall

Just when the crowd get excited and nervous, then something happened……the gate opened, exactly at 9 am sharp!

The Changing Of The Guard Ceremony at Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall

The Guards were already there on standby there. As soon as the gate was fully opened, we were allowed to rush forward onto the grand hall. It was exciting, felt like in my young days when I went for those superstars!

The Changing Of The Guard Ceremony at Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall

Even though I was right at the front of the crowd I was a little disappointed as we were barricaded far away from The Guards.

The Changing Of The Guard Ceremony at Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall

In less than a minute after we went into the Hall, the ceremony started.

The Changing Of The Guard Ceremony at Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall

The Changing Of The Guard Ceremony at Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall

The Changing Of The Guard Ceremony at Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall

The ceremony was great! It was a grand ceremony. I felt excited being closed to the action when The Guards came closed.

The Changing Of The Guard Ceremony at Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall

 

The ceremony ended when The Guards marched passed the Hall and into the side exit at the other end of the Hall.

The Changing Of The Guard Ceremony at Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall

The huge crowd dispersed soon after the ceremony ended…… but wait, that’s not the end of it!

The Changing Of The Guard Ceremony at Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall

My advised is quickly take a lift down to level one.

The Changing Of The Guard Ceremony at Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall

The Changing Of The Guard Ceremony at Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall

At level one, there is a huge exhibition on all things about Chiang Kai Shek, but my apology, for the moment that’s not the priority for taking the lift down.

The Changing Of The Guard Ceremony at Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall

The Changing Of The Guard Ceremony at Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall

Go quickly to the front of level one, you should be able to catch close-up actions of The Guards, yes, they are still marching!

The Changing Of The Guard Ceremony at Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall

No crowd was there, as not many knew about this aftermath, most would have thought that the ceremony ended when The Guards exited the main hall.

The Changing Of The Guard Ceremony at Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall

Being just steps away from them, I felt that they were marching for my eyes only! Then I noticed that The Guards never blink their eyes, wow, what a tough ceremony!

The Changing Of The Guard Ceremony at Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall

Let me tell you, it’s great to be so closed to The Guards, with no one there to obstruct you from doing any photography.

The Changing Of The Guard Ceremony at Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall

The ceremony finally ended when The Guards entered the Honor Guards Standby Room.

The Changing Of The Guard Ceremony at Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall

The Changing Of The Guard Ceremony at Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall

With the ceremony fully ended, now,  you may choose to go to the exhibition hall or exit Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall.

The Changing Of The Guard Ceremony at Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall

At the exit, take great pictures of the Memorial Hall from another angle.

The Changing Of The Guard Ceremony at Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall

I hope you enjoy the ceremony!

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