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Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall, Taipei

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Surrounded by landscaped gardens and manicured walkways, Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall is dedicated to the country's former president and military leader. Better known as Jiang Zhongzheng in China, Chiang Kai-shek ruled China from Taiwan during the most of the "white terror" period from 1949 to 1987. A flight of 88 stairs--one for each year of Chiang's life--leads to the entrance of the white marble neo-classical palace. See a model of presidential office with a life-sized mannequin of Chiang and his two Cadillacs. The grandiose seated statue of the authoritarian leader in the main hall is always guarded by two soldiers, whose motionless postures make them look like statues coming alive every hour with the changing of the guard ceremony. Use our Taipei vacation trip planner to add Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall and other attractions to your Taipei vacation plans.
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  • Worth to pay a visit and take pictures during the guard changing ceremony. It happens once an hour. So, be there 10 minutes earlier , do that you could be at the front to eatch.  more »
  • Easy to find and nice to visit the place - grand buildings can see the changing and matching of guards ceremony at the memorial hall and also can visit the exhibition hall..  more »
  • A cool place to visit in Taiepi, I was so in love with the city I didn't need to see any attractions but we visited the Memorial Hall. There are lovely gardens and this is a huge open space in a busy ...  more »
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  • Bipolar. I remember coming here before when this place was well maintained and almost spotless. Now cracks are clearly visible on the vast outside concrete court, and the stairwells. Used to enjoy visiting the gift shops on the first floor, but it looks like they evicted most except a few that pretty much sells the same things. Naturally, there's a lot less people. Great place to escape the heat I suppose. Service was always welcoming and friendly before, but went there this past week (weekday) and it was like a mixture of zombie like spirit and rude. I guess if you're what they deem VIP status, they'll gladly lick your boots. However, it's still a place to bring visitors to see.
  • Went to the CKS Memorial Hall after the rain stopped. It was around 5-6pm when we arrived and there still a ton of people in the area. Great architecture and very open space in the middle of the four buildings. The garden was beautiful and would be much better on a sunny day. Definitely a landmark in Taipei to check out when you're in the area!
  • Modest walk around the grand architecture. Best to go on morning or late afternoon to avoid the heat but generally a good 2hr casual walk around hall and garden. Its in the city so quite accessible. But make sure to eat before goin there bec very limited food stores inside and its quite a walk to go back to the.main road if i.wish.to grab a bite
  • I like this memorial hall, you are close to center of Taipei but inside the park you don't hear the noise of car and city, it's quiet and very nice, with park around the area, in middle you can take picture of main building, inside visit a museum of Chiang Kai-Shek and some other subject change often. Good to visit, don't need a lot of time or even relax in the park :)
  • An impressively large memorial building. On the top floor is a statue of Chiang Kai-shek where the change of the guard takes place, which is well worth seeing though it can get busy. The floors below contain a museum which does have some English descriptions. It's also an interesting place to come in the evening as the buildings are lit up and there are few people around.