Chiang Kai Shek - CKS Memorial, Taipei

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    CKS Memorial Hall: Changing of the Guards

    by cal6060 Updated Jan 17, 2014

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    The changing of the Guards takes place every hour between 9:00 to 17:00 at the 4th Floor Bronze Statue Hall.

    There are a total of two guards on duty in front of Chiang Kai-shek statue every day. The guards on duty can't have any body movement while standing firm beside the statue to show respect to their leader in the national memorial hall. The changing of guards begins from the first floor of the memorial hall by marching out from a room. The leader of the guards will be followed by the other two guards that are going to be on duty on the next one hour. Then, the three guards will take the lift up the 4th Floor to have the official changing of the guards in front of the statue.

    The whole process is quite unique to us as a tourist to see the changing of the guards in this national memorial hall. Don't miss!

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    CKS Memorial Hall: Bronze Statue Hall

    by cal6060 Updated Jan 17, 2014

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    The large bronze seated Chiang Kai-shek Statue is the landmark or symbolic statue of the democratic political system in Taiwan. There are three symbolic Chinese characters from the right to the left, 伦理 lun li means Ethics, 民主 min zhu means Democracy and 科学 ke xue means Science, are scripted on the wall above the statue. The three words are the essence of the Three Principle of the People, also the essence of Chiang's political thinking.

    Ethics ~ Based on the Principle of Minzhu, means thru the People's connection or relation by public debates and forums with the Government of the People or Nationalism.

    Democracy ~ Based on the Principle of Minquan, in other words the power is from the people. Or the power of people to choose a leader to run for the government.

    Science ~ Based on the Principle of Minsheng, the people's welfare and livelihood must be enhanced thru the spirit of the people's thinking and science.

    On each side of the walls, you will read the Chinese inscriptions as:

    ~ The purpose of life is to improve the general life of humanity.
    ~ The meaning of life is to create and sustain subsequent lives in the universe.

    If you can understand the news or programs in local TV Channels, you will realize that the principles above are the basic framework in their society. The transparency of news is the foundation of the basic human right and knowledge to vote for the right government that will serve the welfare and livelihood of the people.

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    National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall

    by cal6060 Updated Jan 17, 2014
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    Stepping into Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall is like visiting the Tia'anmen Square in Beijing. Despite it is much smaller scale in term of the size, but the overall experience is very similar. In Beijing, Tian'anmen Square has Chairman Mao Zedong's Memorial Hall with two important national halls like the National Museum on the East and the Great Hall of the People on the West. In Taipei, CKS Memorial Hall or the Freedom Square has two important national halls, the National Concert Hall on the East and the National Grand Theatre on the West. When I look into the architectural design of the Memorial Hall, it reflects my memory of Dr Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum in Nanjing.

    Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall is a national monument built to co-memorate the great leader of the Republic of China, Chiang Kai-shek. He passed away on 5 April 1975. After his fifth year of death anniversary (5 April 1980), the CKS Memorial Hall was officially completed and the public was allowed to give respect to the leader in this Hall. Other than a spacious square and park outside the memorial hall, you can visit the main hall that consists of heritage display rooms, gallery, and an auditorium. The most memorial experience of mine is seeing the changing of the guards in front of the statue of Chiang Kai-shek.

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    Opening Hours: 9:00 - 18:00

    Admission: Free

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    CKS Memorial Hall

    by Jim_Eliason Updated Oct 9, 2013

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    The centerpiece of the park of the same name is a tribute Chiang Kai-shek had built for himself. Inside is 70m tall statute of the dictator and inside is a museum dedicated to his memory. There is a changing of the Guard ceremony here.

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    visit Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall

    by hanspeter_W. Written Oct 7, 2013
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    Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall is located in the heart of Taipei City. The area is 250,000 square meters and it is the attraction most visited by foreign tourists. Outside the gate of Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, there are poles carrying the sign of true rightness. The architecture of Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall is inspired by Tiantan in Beijing. The four sides of the structure are similar to those of the pyramids in Egypt. The material is white marble. The roofs are decorated with deep-blue glass as part of the reflection of blue sky and bright sun. It adds a touch of grandeur. The garden is planted with red flowers. As a whole, the colors of blue, white and red express the National Flag and the spirit of freedom, equality and brotherhood.

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    Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall

    by shavy Written Aug 28, 2013
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    Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall is located in the heart of Taipei City the area is 250,000 square meters and it is the attraction most visited by foreign tourists. The great building has become a landmark of Taipei City

    The garden with beautiful flowers, miniature hills and plants, ponds, ornamental bridge and waterfalls as well as green grass presents scenery beauty. The walls surrounding the area are with nostalgic design the place is enriched with the beauty of traditional Chinese gardens, the place provides a precious plain view among the tall buildings of Taipei.

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    Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial

    by NedHopkins Updated Sep 7, 2011

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    The imposing CKS Memorial includes exhibits of items from Chiang's life and times; they range from photographs to his limousine.

    Much vilified for "losing China" through tolerating corrupt underlings and for his own authoritarian rule on Taiwan, Chiang was nonetheless a far more tolerant and infinitely less cruel ruler than his nemesis Mao Tse-tung.

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    Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall

    by globetrotter06 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The CKS Memorial Hall was built in 1975 in the memory of the leader of Chiang Kai Shek, who is an important figure in the Taiwanese history. The site occipies a huge area of 250,000 square meters. The Memorial Hall is built upon three stoies. Each side of the octagonal roof design represent one of the eight moral principles: loyal, piety, altruism, love, trust, knighthood, harmony, and peace.

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    Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall

    by aukahkay Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    On April, 1975, Taiwan mourned the passing of President Chiang Kai-shek. In June, the government decided to build the CKS Memorial Hall in Taipei to honour the great leader. The project took 26 months to complete, starting from November 1977 and lasting to March 31, 1980. On April 4 of the same year, the inauguration ceremony was held and the Hall was officially opened to the public on April 5.
    Inside the memorial is a museum dedicated to the late President Chiang. These include a display of personal items, clothes, military honours and photographs of state visits and overseas visits. The most conspicuous item on display in the center of the building is the late President's limousine.

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    Chiang Kai-shek Memorial

    by rkearns Written Jan 9, 2011

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    It's a memorial to the first leader of Taiwan.
    Here's some info on him:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chiang_Kai-shek

    If you are at all interested in Taiwan's political and military history, this will interest you.

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    Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall - Museum

    by MikeAtSea Written Apr 2, 2009

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    Below the statue of Chiang Kai-shek one can find an interesting museum that displays the various stages of Chiang Kai-shek's life, some of his posessions and pictures of him and his wive. On show are also some of his cars that he used.

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    Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall

    by MikeAtSea Written Apr 2, 2009

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    This memorial hall was built in memory of Chiang Kai-shek, the first president of the Republic of China. Work on the hall began in 1976, a year after President Chiang passed away. Design by C.C. Yang, who was also the architect for The Grand Hotel, the memorial hall is white with a blue roof, representing the dominant colors in the ROC flag; while the emblem of the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) adorns the vaulted ceiling. A bronze statue of Chiang looks west symbolically to the Presidential Office Building and mainland China. The front plaza of the hall is also a major venue for democratic assemblies.

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    Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall

    by salisbury3933 Written Apr 27, 2008

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    Although the displays on Chiang Kai Shek are guilty of not mentioning any of the bad things he was involved with, the top part has excellent displays on the history of democracy in Taiwan.

    The surrounding park, and the hall itself are spectacular. A must do if you are in Taipei.

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    CKS Memorial Hall & Park

    by mim95 Updated Dec 12, 2007

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    Archway & the CKS Memorial Hall

    The grand archway leads to the memorial honouring Chiang Kai Shek, the first president of Taiwan. The octagonal blue roof and white wall building really stand out in the square as it's situated high up.

    The bronze statue of Chiang Kai Shek is inside the memorial, with soliders standing on guard. It's amazing that those soliders hardly move during their shift.

    The memorial was renamed to National Taiwan Democracy Memorial Hall in May 2007. The archway used to have the four Chinese characters (as shown in the photo) meaning Great Centrality and Perfect Uprightness were removed in December 2007. It has changed to another set of four characters meaning Liberty Square.

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    Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall

    by iwys Updated May 4, 2007

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    This massive white, marble building with a blue-tiled, pagoda-style roof is a monument to the first President of Taiwan, who died in April 1975. The Memorial Hall was built the following year. It was designed by local architect, Yang Cho-cheng. The octagonal roof represents the eight moral principles: jhong, siao, ren, ai, sin, yi, he, and ping (loyalty, piety, altruism, love, trust, nobility, harmony, and peace). On three sides of the Memorial Hall, there are 84 granite steps. With the 5 further steps leading up to the front entrance, there is a total of 89 steps, signifying Chiang Kai-Shek's age when he died

    Inside the hall you can see the changing of the guard in front of his bronze statue. The Memorial Hall stands in the middle of the even more massive Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Park.

    Open: 9 am- 6.30 pm daily.
    Admission free.

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