The Chiang Kai-Shek Shilin Residence (臺北士林官邸) is the former official dwellings of Chiang Kai-shek and Soong Mei-ling, the former leader of the Republic of China (Taiwan) and his wife. This stately home is surrounded by a peaceful, rather serene garden, containing their favorite flowers; chrysanthemums and roses.
Once inside the building, visitors can take a walk around the main rooms, which have been left just like they were during Chiang Kai-shek’s presidency. Displays and information boards really help to illustrate in great detail the history and lives of the famous inhabitants.
To get there you’ll need to walk through Chiang Kai-shek Shilin Residence Park. This 9.28 hectare park is scattered with many interesting features, such as Chinese rock gardens, a Western rose garden and the Victory Chapel. It takes about 10 to 15 minutes to walk though it to get to the residence.
How to get there
To get to the Chiang Kai-shek Shilin Residence Park and then residence you first need to make your way to Shilin Station, which can be accessed via the Taipei Metro’s red line from Taipei Station (12 minutes, NT$25). Head out of exit 2, take a left and walk east through the shopping street till you get to the main road. Follow signs to the park, which is across the road.
There is a YouBike bicycle rental station just outside the north entrance of the park, as well as one outside exit 2 of Shilin Station.
Hours and fees
Hours: 9am to 12pm, then open again 1:30pm to 5pm