Zhongshan Hall (中山堂) – The Taipei Historic Political Building
Zhongshan Hall (中山堂) is one of Taipei’s most important historical buildings serves as the location of the signing of the ROC-US Mutual Defence Treaty in the past while restructuring into a museum and Grade 2 National Monument up to date, the venue is a large complex in which visitors can explore an eclectic blend of architectural styles.
The complex is home to two large auditoriums: Zhongzheng Auditorium can seat more than 2,000 people and served as the venue for countless ceremonies, meetings, and cultural and artistic performances, and Guangfu Auditorium is a 2 story high banquet hall decorated with large mosaic artwork along the walls and Islamic-influenced window design.
*The Guangfu Auditorium is under maintenance during our visit thus we do not grant access to the area which located on the second floor.
Zhongshan Hall Exhibition Event
The hall has a different theme of exhibition showcase throughout the year and we are lucky enough to visit one of them during our visit title – “Formosa, In Full Blossom”.
*These exhibitions are quite interesting and fun to explore if you willing to spend some time while tagging along with free admission and friendly guide benefits.
This time exhibition is to honour a great Taiwan scientific illustration artist, Huang Kun Mou (1963-2008), who had depicted the sceneries of Taiwan for more than 10 years and had left more than 500 pieces of artworks on various subjects including natural landscapes, cultural events, architectures and many more.
This exhibition also offers a special “Mini Game” for the visitor to participate during the event, if you manage to collect all stamping on different exhibition hall (same venue), you will be rewarded with an extremely rare limited edition postcard.
*Fret not, if you happened to miss some of the stampings feel free to consult the guide “Cheat Mode On” at the counter nearby. 😉
Zhongshan Hi-Tea Session
The Fortress Room (堡垒厅) on the second floor which used to be ex-president Chiang Kai-shek gave his inaugural address (nowadays has become a cafe) is also a must visit spot in Zhongshan Hall.
The cafe serves one of the best tea in Taipei City at a very reasonable price, feel at ease to take a high tea session and indulge into the classical environment (around the late 60’s) that the cafe has to offer!
Don’t be shy and feel free to ask the waitress for the house speciality (if you are unsure what to have), they are very friendly and willing to assist often with a big smile on their faces. 😉
From Train (MRT)
- Take the Blue Line (5) or Green Line (3) to Ximen (西門), Exit 1.
*Zhongshan Hall is located across the street from Ximending Youth Shopping District (西門町) and behind Party World Cashbox 錢櫃 KTV.
Address: Zhongshan Hall, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan.
Open Hours: 09.00 am – 09.00 pm (Mon-Sun)