The National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall (中正紀念堂) is Taipei’s most famous monument and tourist spot. Built in memory of Chiang Kai-shek, the former President of the Republic of China (Taiwan), it’s an essential visit for any tourist to the city.
The main monument is surrounded by a grand park, from where Democracy Boulevard and the wide-open Liberty Square lead. The magnificent National Theater and National Concert Hall are then located to the north and south of the square. At around 250,000 square meters, the sheer size of both the monument and the grounds will take most visitors by surprise.
Inspired by the architecture of Tiantan in Beijing, the four white marble sides of the monument evoke comparisons to the Egyptian pyramids. The garden and park areas are a peaceful spot to chill and people watch too, such as seeing young children going on school trips or army recruits training. Inside the memorial hall there is also an interesting museum which details the life of Chiang Kai-shek, offering a great insight into the man’s life and what made the country what it is today in terms of its dedication to democracy and human rights.
Concerts, traditional performances and festivals are often held in the square too, so check the official site below for listings. Visitors should also set aside time to view the changing of the guards, which is held on the top floor. Check with the information desk when you arrive to see when the next one is on, and be sure to get there early to find yourself a good viewing spot.
How to get there
The National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall is located nearby to Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall Station on the red and green lines of the Taipei Metro. It’s two stops from Taipei Station (5 minutes, NT$20). There are also a few YouBike stations just outside the complex.
Hours and fees
Hours: 9am to 6pm (Memorial Hall), 6am to midnight (Memorial Park)
Official website: cksmh.gov.tw/en