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Martyrs' Shrine, Taipei

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Observe the hourly changing of the guard ceremony at the impressive Martyrs' Shrine, a palace-like complex built in 1969 to commemorate deaths of nearly 400,000 soldiers, who perished serving the Republic of China against the Japanese Imperial Army and during the Civil War from 1911 to 1958. With most of the victims born in mainland China, the shrine was inspired by Beijing’s Forbidden City, and was also the funeral site of Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek’s son. Located on the scenic Mount Ching, overseeing the Keelung River, the shrine makes a popular tourist spot, lying within walking distance of Dazhi station on the Taipei metro. To visit Martyrs' Shrine and other attractions in Taipei, use our Taipei itinerary maker.
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  • Changing of the soldier starts per hour just because it goes with the time is best. Ceremony is about 20 minutes long. Cruiser there running out at the entrance of this institution, so leave nothing to worry about.
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  • One of the many must sees in Taipei. Be sure to wait for the changing of guards which happens every hour.  more »
  • Like everyone, included city tour fit the ceremony schedule. Maximus is marching in the square was really stunning, bright clean square and the stunning décor remains in the impression. I just want to slowly worship.
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  • Another great visit to go alongside the other meaningful memorials to the leaders of Taiwan. You can enjoy the grounds in general or go the step further and read the information about the individuals. This spot does get frequented by tour groups but they were well spaced out when I visited (seemed like about an hour between each one I noticed passing me and only one in the compound at any time) but it is not a hectic place (though this may be different in peak season) Well worth a visit.
  • Beautiful shrine. Built ressembling a Ming era castle, the shrine is colorful and detailed. There is a lot of information (in English) on the history of the Republic of China and Taiwan. Changing of the guards also draws a crowd
  • Beautiful shrine and useful history. This is better than the National Palace Museum in terms of architectural beauty
  • The guard changing lasts for 30 mins and is really interesting! Totally different from what I'm used to see in Europe. The guards are so synchronized
  • Walking distance from Grand Hotel...good idea to combine. A place for contemplation...