The 2/28 Peace Park (二二八和平公園) is a large park in central Taipei dedicated to the victims of the February 28 Incident. Featuring traditional architecture, such as grand arched stone bridges and tranquil gardens, it’s a worthwhile visit if you want to know more about Taiwan’s long and painful history, as well as learn about it’s hopefully prosperous future.
After the government of the Republic of China took over Taiwan following the end of the 2nd World War, it initiated a harsh, authoritarian style of government. Corruption was rife, unemployment was rising and discrimination against the local people was fueling huge amounts of anger. On February 27th, 1947, government inspectors began beating an unlicensed cigarette vendor, leading to a violent confrontation with locals and the killing of an innocent passerby. Hearing the news, the next day locals took to the streets to demand the inspectors be brought to justice, but instead the protestors were massacred by the police. The incident triggered a struggle across the island for political change and freedom, which the 2/28 Peace Park helps to illustrate and honor.
The north end of the park houses the National Taiwan Museum, while the main area contains the 228 Memorial Monument and the Taipei 228 Memorial Museum. The permanent exhibition goes through the incident in great detail, telling the stories of these heroes of democracy via digital displays, illustrations and historical photos. Temporary exhibitions and galleries focus on more artistic displays, or explore various aspects of the county’s struggle for democracy in more detail, such as the union movement and women’s rights.
How to get there
The 2/28 Peace Park is located just outside NTU Hospital Station, on Taipei Metro’s red line. This station is just one stop from Taipei Station (2 mins, NT$20). The park is also a 5 to 10 minute walk south from Taipei station, via exits M6, M8, Z2, Z4 or Z6.
Hours and fees
Hours: Park and gardens 24h, memorial museum 10am to 5pm
Official website: 228memorialmuseum.gov.taipei