October 17, 2008

We decided to book a half-day city tour (NT$ 900 per person) with one of the tour operators in Taipei. The tour highlights are the following: Drive past Presidential Building, Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall, Martyr's Shrine (War Memorial), National Palace Museum, Chinese Temple and a Handicraft Center.

The next morning after breakfast, we were picked up at the hotel lobby by our tour guide and we were off to see the grandiose National Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall located just in the heart of the city. This place is a remarkable monument built in memory of late President Chiang Kai-Shek. It is a beautiful scenic spot for tourists.

the 30 meters high and 80 meters
wide archway entrance of CKS hall

inside view of the arch

Upon arrival at the central arch, one that immediately caught our eyes is the white marble walls and blue glazed octagonal roof of the giant edifice that stands out over 25 hectares of landscaped gardens, lovely pavilions, ponds and miniature hills. The vivid color of vast green grass and plants provides beautiful and picturesque scenery.

Inside the main building on the first floor are the exhibition halls, art gallery, auditorium and a gift shop.

We took the elevator up to the fourth floor and we immediately met the Chinese leader Chiang Kai-Shek in a life-like 25-ton bronze statue sitting in the middle of the memorial hall smiling and looking dignified.

Chinese fonts for "ethics",
"democracy" and "science"
inscribed on the wall behind the statue

on the base of its bronze
are his last will and testament

From the main hall, you can see the elegant Ming-style arch at the main entrance flanked by two classical-style buildings, the National Theater and the National Concert Hall.

Apart from the bronze statue, there is also an elaborate round caisson placed into the ceiling, decorated with the emblem of the Republic of China.

The main entrance of the main hall

A flight of 89 steps (Chiang Kai-Shek lived to the age of 89) ascend to the entrance of the main hall.

The immense square is said to be a popular gathering place during festive occasions such as concerts, festivals, performances and fairs.

National Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall is located at 21 Zhongshan South Road, Taipei, Taiwan. Opens at 9:00 am and closes at 6:30 pm. Free admission.

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  1. i have always wanted to go here :(

  2. ah! i truly miss this place. i've been there many times and have brought many visitors along. funny thing is, i have not gone to the inside galleries! :-)

  3. an engaging travelogue with great pics. the chinese has a very unique architectural design..grand and majestic.

  4. Hi Jasperjugan,
    Wow, I haven't seen you in ages in the blogging world. Where were you? I miss your comments. ;)

    I know you want to go to Taipei to meet with Janet Hsieh. :) As for me, I was too busy lurking around the city and never had the time to meet with my good friends Wu Chun and the F4 guys. *dreaming* mwehehe

  5. Hi r-yo,
    Judging from what you have wrote, you must have had quite a happy experience living in Taipei. :)

    Likewise, we never had the chance to go inside the galleries, that's one of the downside when you tour with a group.

  6. Hi Dennis,
    Thank you for the nice comment.:) I agree with you, their edifices are always meticulously designed and impressive in size.

  7. To able to see all those magnificent structures for free, I would say the Taiwanese government is very generous

  8. wow! i think if i had the chance to see it, ill be stunned! very beautiful!

  9. Hi Borneo Falcon,
    Maybe it's their one good ways to promote greater awareness of Taiwan.

    Hi Dong,
    You’ve plenty of time ahead. ;)

  10. Wow...impressive buildings.

  11. Hi Sidney,
    Welcome, thanks for the comment.


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