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Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall: Tribute to Taiwan’s first president

I’m not patriotic myself, but it can’t be helped to feel admiration every time I learn the history of a nation and the legacy of the heroes that fought for their democracy.

A Taiwan tour isn’t complete without a quick trip to Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall. This landmark serves as a monument to the first president of the Republic of China, Chiang Kai Shek. To us tourists, this spot is merely a huge plaza with amazing garden views and a vast space for a leisurely walk.  Although a popular tourist destination today, this attraction is an eyesore to the locals who experienced Chiang Kai-Shek’s iron-fist leadership for about three decades.

November 27, 2019 — Today is our last full day to enjoy the sights Taiwan has to offer. In contrast to our past two days, we opted to wake up a little late this morning and intend to check out nearby places we can reach via commute. After our first day in Taiwan, I could say we have grown accustomed to reading signs and riding trains.

 

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The travel to Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall was easy. It was one or two stops, and from not so far away, we found the arch that serves as the attraction’s identifier.

 

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People flocked to the arch in an attempt to capture a photo with the beautiful blue roof and white structure. At the other side of the plaza is another hall with a yellow roof and red highlights, sporting a traditional palace-style of architecture. These halls are the National Concert Hall and National Theatre where cultural events and exhibits are usually displayed.

 

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Apart from the architecture, it’s impossible to overlook the well-kempt extensive garden. It’s perfect for afternoon strolls outside. There were many sorts of avian animals that dwell in the area.

 

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Of course, we had to visit the main hall given that it’s also the major attraction in the memorial hall. Here is where a larger-than-life bronze of the former president Chiang stands, which is also guarded round the clock by the military police.

 

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When the quick tour to the cultural hall was over, we had the opportunity to witness the hourly ritual changing of guard. It’s engrossing to watch them walk in precision.

 

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Chiang Kai Sek Memorial Hall Taipei Taiwan (10)

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Chiang Kai Sek Memorial Hall Taipei Taiwan (12)

 

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