Dec 30, 2008

Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall

Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall is a special sightseeing place in Taipei. Chiang Kai-Shek was an important person in Taiwan’s history. Actually, he was not the first president of the Republic of China (R.O.C.), but he was the first president to rule in Taiwan. He had held the power for 27 years, from 1948 to 1975. At the same year, 1975, he died. And this memorial hall was established to commemorate him.

In front of the arched door, there is a wide square where you can always see a lot of pigeons eating or walking there.

Passing through the arched door, you will see three special buildings in the memorial park:

The one on your left-hand side is called National Concert Hall. Many famous musicians and orchestras including Domingo and Pavarotti have held their concerts here.

Another building that is on your right-hand side is our National Theater. It’s a place for performers to act or dance. The most famous dancing group in Taiwan called Cloud Gate Dance Theatre usually take this theater as their first choice when they have a new play to make known to the public.

In the middle of these two buildings is another square where people often skate, dance, fly a kite, play Frisbee or even practice martial arts.

The third building is in the middle of the square. It's a white building with blue roof. If you go up the stairs, you will see a statue sitting there, and he is Chiang Kai-Shek. People in Taiwan set up this building and the statue to show our respect to Mr. Chiang. There are five display rooms inside the building which broadcasting the story and the pictures of Chiang Kai-Shek. But, the display rooms are not open all the time. Remember to check the website and get in touch with the person in charge if you want to visit. If you want to see something special, then, don’t miss the military police show. The military police team will give a show on the hour.
In addition to the three buildings, there are two ponds on each side. They are Yunhan and Guanghua Ponds. You can see a lot of fish and turtles in the ponds. And, there are artificial mountains, man-made waterfalls, and small bridges with a brook underlying creating a wonderful Chinese scene.
Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall is really a place that worth visiting. It’s a place that contains both natural scenery and historic significance. If you want to have a leisure afternoon in this busy Taipei city, you can just bring some toast here, and feed the pigeons. Or you can take a walk inside the park, enjoying the smooth breeze until the stars start to sparkle. Remember, the night view of Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall is even more attractive.
★ Information :
1. About the transportation :
MRT (from 6:00am-12:00am) Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall station
BUS (from 5:00am-11:00pm) 15 , 208 , 236 , 660 , 0East , 3 , 18 , 251 , 252 , 237 , 295 , 648 , 644 , 297
Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall station
2. Open hours (display rooms) : from 9:00am-6:30pm
3. To get in touch with the person in charge :
Telephone : (02)2343-1100~3
Fax : (02)2393-2704
Website :
E-mail :

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for the useful article which help me a lot to introduce Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall to my foreign penpals. And I believe it would be very helpful to all the tourists. You really did a good job.