Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Sights to See: National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, Taipei, Taiwan


National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall  No.21, Zhongshan S.Rd., Zhongzheng Dist., 886-2-2343-1100.  Daily 9am-6pm.  Situated in the heart of Taipei, the main hall here, built in 1980, is dominated by a large bronze statue of Chiang Kai-shek.  It is reminiscent of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.  Inscriptions on the wall above and behind the seated figure are the Chinese characters for Ethics, Democracy, and Science--considered the Three Principles of the People.  Grey marble in this hall is from Taroko National Park, and white marble is from the U.S.  Time your visit to see the impressive changing of the guards.  The large crowd quiets for the ceremony, but once it is done the echoing in the gigantic chamber is very loud.  Guards are not supposed to blink, but I did, indeed, catch one blinking, though, unfortunately, not on camera.  A museum with some interesting historical paintings is situated on the first floor.  

exterior of National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei, Taiwan
exterior of National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei, Taiwan

interior of National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei, Taiwan
interior of National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei, Taiwan

visitors filming changing of the guard ceremony at National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei, Taiwan
visitors filming changing of the guard ceremony at National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei, Taiwan

guard at National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei, Taiwan
guard at National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei, Taiwan






art museum at National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei, Taiwan
art museum at National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei, Taiwan

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