C.K.S Memorial Hall (中正纪念堂) – Chiang Kai-Shek National Memorial Park
The most prominent historical landmark in Taiwan, the CKS Memorial Hall was erected in honour and memory of Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek, the former President of the Republic of China, and was opened in 1980 as part of a national park and gathering area.
The name of the square is officially Liberty Square (自由广场), as seen above the front gate, however, the name change was politically motivated and most people in practice still refer to the entire complex as CKS Memorial Hall.
*The whole landmark was rather big which requires at least 30 minutes to explore thoroughly, fret not, there is a few beverage vending machine situated at each corner of the park! 😉
C.K.S Memorial Hall – Main Hall
The octagon-shaped white building rises 76 meters and is covered with blue tiles and red accents, echoing the flag of the Republic of China. The eight sides represent the Chinese cultural symbolism of the number eight which is traditionally associated with fortune and wealth.
There are two sets of 89 steps represent Chiang’s age of death and lead up to main hall housing a large bronze statue of Chiang protected by military personnel which change hourly.
The characters behind Chiang’s statue read “Ethics”, “Democracy”, and “Science”, and the inscriptions on the side read “The purpose of life is to improve the general life of humanity” and “The meaning of life is to create and sustain subsequent lives in the universe”.
Below is the time schedule for changing of the honour guard ceremony:
Morning: [09:00 am] [10:00 am] [11:00 am] [12:00 am]
Afternoon: [01:00 pm] [02:00 pm] [03:00 pm] [04:00 pm] [05:00 pm]
*Do remember to fix your time schedule ahead if you wish to witness the “Honour Guard Changing Ceremony” which occur once every hour from 9:00 am onwards.
C.K.S Memorial Hall – Exhibition Site
If you are fairly interested to learn more about Chiang Kai Shek life and career story then you should proceed to the exhibition hall (situated underground) by taking an elevator from the sides of the main memorial hall.
*It is actually wiser to take staircase instead of the elevator (back and forth) during the peak hour to avoid any unnecessary delays.
Once you step into the exhibition hall, you will be greeted with the replicate of President Chiang Kai Shek Office which fully imitates the glory days of the former ROC President.
Chiang’s Official State Car – The 1972 G.M manufactured Cadillac is a four-door, seven-seat limousine and weight two tons. Chiang used it as his official state car from 1972 through 1975.
The Sedan Chairs used to carry Chiang when he visited Jiaobanshan Guesthouse, his residence in Taoyuan.
A series of Chinese food replicate which Chiang Kai Shek used to consume daily, the best place to look thru if you want to learn the Chiang’s Secret of Longevity! 😉
*The hall also exhibits about Taiwan’s history, pan-Chinese culture and history, the ROC’s development after moving to Taiwan, Chiang’s married life and so on.
Below is the opening hours for Memorial Hall:
- Open daily from 09:00 to 18:00, except for Chinese New Year Eve and Chinese New Year
C.K.S Memorial Hall Side Attractions
After done visiting the C.K.S memorial hall, feel free to take a stroll around the Liberty Square (自由广场) situated right outside the memorial hall.
The Liberty Square (自由广场) which measuring size around the six-football stadium (25 hectares) are surrounded by greenery scene and a wide pathway on both side are definitely worth a visit!
*Beware for ladies especially who wears a dress outfit as the plaza area can be super windy during daytime! 😉
Besides the main memorial hall, the large complex also includes the National Concert Hall (國家音樂廳), and the National Theater (國家戲劇院) which can accommodate more than 20000 people at one time.
The lavish and grand imperial outlook of these buildings always makes it a perfect spot for tourists to take a selfie during their visits.
Special Scene in The Liberty Square
No idea what to do with such scenic view and spacious plaza? Heres what the fellow Koreans did during their visits to C.K.S Memorial Hall, they brought their own mini-radio, turn on put aside then off they go and starts to dance!
Perfect ballroom dancing moves along with the pre-selected Chinese traditional melodies, everyone was stunned and obsessed with their continuously “intriguing” act for like 5-minutes (including their son in the picture) just had to admit that it was actually very charm and entertaining! 😉
From Train (MRT)
- Take Red Line (2) or Green Line (3) to Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall (中正紀念堂), sometimes labelled as C.K.S. Memorial Hall.
Address: Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, Zhongshan South Road, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan.
Open Hours: 05.00 am – 12.00 am (Mon-Sun)