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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It's a memorial to the first leader of Taiwan.
Here's some info on him:
If you are at all interested in Taiwan's political and military history, this will interest you.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This is a memorial to President Chiang Kai-Shek. Commissioned in the late 70s and opened in 1980 the site is host to the gate of “great centrality and perfect uprightness” and of course the memorial hall which contains a bronze statue of Chiang Kai-Shek (looks an awful lot like the Lincoln memorial) on the top floor and the lower floors contain a museum and leaning center.
If you come at high noon there is a changing of the guards.
Following the tip of a VTer, i visited the museum located below Chiang Kai Shek memorial. The museum is not to be missed if you would like to know more about Chiang Kai Shek, his life and his contributions to the nation.
CKS Memorial Hall is an impressive monument to the hero of the Chinese democratic movement. He fought against the Japanese during World War II, then fought against Mao Tse Tung after WWII to prevent the communists from overtaking the government. After losing this struggle, CKS and his government fled to Taiwan. This memorial consists of a gigantic white and blue gate and the six-sided CKS Memorial Hall with a wonderful museum and gallery.