The Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall (國立國父紀念館) is a major historical site in central Taipei, commemorating Dr. Sun Yat-sen. The founder of the Republic of China, Taiwan’s official name, it was inspired by the grand architecture of a Chinese palace.
Inside the hall is an interesting museum that details the life of Dr. Sun Yat-sen, and his contribution to freedom and democracy. As you walk through you’ll be able to see countless historical artifacts that do much to illustrate the history of the R.O.C, and there are excellent English descriptions in these very manageable exhibitions. While not as detailed as the National Palace Museum, general entry to the Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall is free and doesn’t take up so much time. There is also a concert hall featuring prominent performers and major award ceremonies, as well as four galleries that host an ever-changing selection of artists.
Outside the Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall is very much for art and recreation. The large open space often features students practicing their dance moves and flying kites, as well as occasional seasonal events. Outside the south entrance, Zhongshan Park has a quiet lake with the serene Tsuei Heng Pagoda located in the center. It’s recommended to enjoy a stroll here to take in the Chinese gardens and lush plant life.
How to get there
The hall has its own Taipei Metro station, Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall Station, on the blue line. It’s not far from Taipei Station (9 mins, NT$20) or Taipei City Hall Station (2 mins, NT$20) in the Xinyi Shopping District. It’s also just 10 minutes or so on foot from Xinyi and attractions such as Taipei 101.
Hours and fees
Open: 9am to 6pm
Admission: Park and main exhibitions free (some special exhibitions may require a fee)
Official website: yatsen.gov.tw