Walking the grounds of the CKS Memorial brings an overall air of solemnity. Naturally, there will be tourists, and at times, busloads of them, and that breaks the calm and order, but even with hordes of people, the place is large enough that you can walk around without bumping into them. I've been there three times over the years, and each time I feel is a nice respite from the otherwise busy pace of much of Taipei.
Inside the actual memorial hall, there will be a changing of the guard ceremony, which I witnessed on this last trip. As with all such customary processes, it results in everyone standing quietly, accept for the occasional child blurting something out. The soldiers do, as is expected, a snappy job in all their synchronized movements.
Outside, there are manicured gardens spreading out across the Memorial Hall Square to the National Theater and National Concert Hall, both impressive structures themselves. By the way, on the elevated areas under the massive awnings of each building, you'll be able to observe groups of Taiwanese teens practicing dance performances. One gathering was actually very good at break dancing.
The entire place, if you walk casually and snap some photos, stopping to observe the locals, can be explored in around 1.5-2 hours, and there is also a bookstore and cafe in the ground-level arcade of the National Theater building.
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