Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei, Taiwan
Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall was built as a memorial to President Chiang Kai-shek, who died on April 5, 1975. Yang Cho-cheng won the completion and designed the building. Ground breaking took place October 31, 1976. The memorial opened on April 5, 1980.
Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall is at the east end of the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Park. The park is located in the Zhongzheng District of Taipei. The main, the Gate of Great Centrality and Perfect Uprightness is located on the west end on Chung Shan South Rd. The Gate of Great Loyalty stands at the north end on Hsin Yi Rd. The Gate of Great Piety is standing at the south side on Ai Kuo East Rd. The Boulevard of Homage is bordered by beautiful bushes and flowers and connects Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall to the Park.
Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall has 2,691square feet. The Memorial Hall is White with a blue octagonal roof with major Asian signifigance. The number eight in Asia symbolizes abundance and good fortune. Beautiful red flowers and bushes compliment the building. Blue, white and red are the colors of the Taiwanese flag. The colors symbolize independence, equality, and universal love. There are two sets of white stairs leading up to the memorial. Each set of stairs has 89 steps, representing the age of Chiang Kai-shek at the time of his death in 1975. On the ground level is a library and museum documenting the life and career of Chiang Kai-shek.
On the upper level of Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall is a beautiful hall in which a large statue of Chiang Kai-shek is located. There is a guard on either side of the statue. The Chinese characters behind Chiang’s statue translate: “Ethics”, “Democracy”, and “Science”. There is a inscription on the side in Chinese which translates to:”The purpose of life is to improve the general life of humanity” and “The meaning of life is to create and sustain subsequent lives in the universe”.
Once an hour, starting at 9 am, there is a guard mounting ceremony that take place. The ceremony lasts about 15 minutes and is a highlight of any visit to Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall. Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall is open Monday through Sunday from 9am till 6:30pm. There is no cost of admission.
Directions to Chiang Kai-Shek
1. Bus route 15, 18, 20, 22, 37, 204, 208, 214, 236, 248, 249, 251, 252, 261, 263, 270, 297, 621, 623, 630, 65, exit Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall station(中正紀念堂站) or Nanmen market station(南門市場站).
1. Take MRT to Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall Station(中正紀念堂站) directly.
Hungry after visiting the hall? Head over to Shi-Da Night Market to get some great food. The market is a short walk from the park. For more pictures and articles, see our web sites: