Discover Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall - Taipei
For a quick glimpse into Taiwan's colorful history, Trip Guru suggests a visit to the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall. From the moment the traveler enters the imposing white gates into the park grounds, one is struck with how grandiose the national monument to Taiwan's former president is. The white ediface topped with a two-tiered blue pagoda roof is on the eastern end of the spacious Liberty Square (popularly called Memorial Hall Square) while the western end of the plaza is capped by the main gate, the Gate of Great Centrality and Perfect Uprightness (or "Da Zhong Zhi Zheng"). Just inside the gates and thus framing the Memorial Hall on the north and south are the twin, red columned National Concert Hall and the National Theater.
While there are two side gates, Gate of Great Loyalty (Dazhong Gate on Xinyi Road) to the north and Gate of Great Piety (Daxiao Gate on AiGuo E. Road) to the south, Trip Guru recommends using the main gate on Zhong Shan Road to experience the full majestic effect that the architect was trying to achieve. Two stairways lead up to the Memorial Hall's entrance, each with 89 steps to represent Chiang Kai Shek's age at the time of his death. The main hall is dominated by a bronze statue of Chiang Kai-shek flanked by honour guards. There are various display rooms of the life and times of Chiang Kai Shek, including two cars used by the late president. On the park grounds are two manmade ponds with waterfalls, arch bridges, and stocked with carp. The park is also popular for bird and insect watching.
Taipei is a densely populated city, and the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall's park offers a scenic sanctuary to locals and tourists alike. The extensive gardens are also home to various insects like; caterpillars, bees, moths, butterflies, and grasshoppers. While observing the insects is an encouraged activity, please do not disturb or harm the insects. There is a changing of the guard on the hour from 10AM to 4PM, and every Wednesday from 10AM to 6PM.
To get there, take the MRT Red Line or Green Line to Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall. Alternatively, the following Taipei City Buses all pass the Memorial Hall: 15, 18, 20, 22, 37, 204, 208, 214, 236, 248, 249, 251, 252, 261, 263, 270, 293, 297, 621, 623, 630, 651, XinYi Express. Visitors may get off at either Chiang Kai-Shek (CKS) Memorial Hall or Nanmen Market. The Memorial Hall is open 9:00AM to 6:00PM daily and Liberty Square is open 24hours.