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“A Respite from the Bustle of Taipei”

Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall
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Owner description: Sixty-two landscaped acres of gardens and walkways surround this marble and tile landmark building.
Reviewed August 15, 2013

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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Reviewed August 14, 2013

Much like the monument in DC, the Memorial Hall is an interesting location to learn about a founder of the country. There are sweeping vistas and the area is really something to see.

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Reviewed August 12, 2013

Would have appreciated the facility during cooler weather. Hotest temperatures in over 100 years made outside features difficult to enjoy. Landscaping and layout is impressive and when viewed from the memorial, highly enjoyable. Would recommend studying taiwan history before visiting here. from the mall, almost like Lincoln memorial in DC, with the general/president sitting on his seat....

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Reviewed August 10, 2013

Easy to get to with it's own MRT Station. Impressive sight with the large square and Theatre/Concert Halls either side.The CKS statue, is flanked by 2 guards. On the hour a changing of the guard, ceremony takes place and is memorable. Just prior to the ceremony, people start to line up in front of the roped off area in front of the statue, to get the best view, don't join them! The Memorial staff move everyone back, near the entrance to allow the Guards to perform the ceremony. Best position for photos is directly in front of the statue, near the entrance, or on the sides near the pedestal that the Guards stand on. In the Ground floor is a museum and cafe. When you leave the Memorial, turn left at the bottom of the steps and walk into the garden. There is a pond with large fish in, that you can feed. Fish feed is 10NTD, available from a dispenser. Very photogenic to photograph family, on the bridge reflected in water, with fish in foreground.

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Reviewed August 10, 2013 via mobile

Gardens leading up to the memorial were lovely. Ate our lunch sitting on the grass. Woman brought her rabbit out for a walk, another had her dog in a pram. Watched changing of the guard - amazed the guards need to stand absolutely still between ceremonies. Fascinating.

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