Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall (中正紀念堂); Taipei

Getting Here: Take the MRT to the Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall station and get out at Exit 5 (which is just behind the National Theatre Building) – The Memorial Hall is open daily from 9am to 6pm.

Upon arriving at the Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall compound, we were quite blown away by the scale and grandeur of the National Theatre, National Concert Hall, and the Memorial Hall. The Main Archway was also quite something to look at. We eventually made our way through the Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Park into the Memorial Hall itself, and climbed up the 89 steps to the main entrance (89 being Chiang Kai Shek’s age when he passed away).

Having earlier been to the Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall, we did not stay for the changing of the guards, but took the lift down into the lower floors to look at the exhibits there, which were free of charge. One interesting exhibit was an art exhibition (阿布布思義) put up by an artist called 阿布 who, according to the write up suffered from bone cancer – quite a number of the drawings / cartoons being exhibited were produced by her while she was in the hospital. The exhibits are probably a hit or miss thing, and it seems prudent to check the official Memorial Hall website out first before making a trip down.

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