Hours left and we’ll be leaving Taiwan. We’ll be back to our real world again. Hence, given the small time that we had in Taiwan, we had to maximize it. So we decided to visit Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall (中正紀念堂). Ahhhh, it was more than worth it spending our last hours in Taiwan in this beauty!
Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Park (中正紀念堂) is massive, measuring to 250,000 square meters, and houses 3 unique structures, National Concert Hall, National Theater and the Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall, each with its own characteristics and history. Yep, aside from having picturesque edifices, this place is also very rich in its antiquity. You won’t regret visiting this place, I’m telling you.
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How to get to Taiwan?
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Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106
From Taipei Main Station:
- Take a train from Taipei main station to CKS Memorial Hall Station
- Walk towards the Park
- Transportation Expense: 20 TWD (One way MRT fare)
- No Entrance Fee
Standing in the heart of Taipei City, Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Park (中正紀念堂) is a place worth discovering for. It is known for its Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, the most prominent landmark in Taiwan and serves as one of the most important event in Taiwanese history. It was erected as a tribute to the founder of Taiwan, Chiang Kai-shek, who gave democracy to the great country of Taiwan. Moreover, this memorial hall has lately been transformed by Taiwan’s Ministry of Culture, into a national center for “facing history, recognizing agony, and respecting human rights.” How interesting is that? Not only can you visit fun and unique destinations in Taiwan, but also those historical one! Yeay!!
Moreover, it also features distinguished structures aside from the famous Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, each also has its own significance:
Gate of Integrity (大中至正)
You will definitely be amazed the moment you step inside the park since you will be welcomed by the park’s spectacular main gate, the Gate of Intergrity.
Liberty Square (自由廣場)
This is actually the center of the park, the flooring where the 3 structures are located – also called as the Freedom Park. This usually serves as a public plaza that houses public gatherings in the city. It also has its historical importance to the development of Taiwan’s democracy.
National Concert Hall and National Theater
These two main structures in this park are the first major modern performing arts facilities in Asia, which was constructed in 1987. It serves as a venue for massive musical and cultural events in the city such as concerts, operas, dances, theatres, etc.
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