CHIANG KAI-SHEK Memorial Hall is a tribute to the founder of Taiwan, Chiang Kai-shek. It opened in 1980, 4 years after his death in 1975.
A visit to Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall is a must for any tourist to understand the culture and colorful history of Taiwan. I've visited the hall twice now: the first with the family and our friend Meg Kho, and the second with the Taiwan Fam Trip Group via Jeron Travel.
Here's a guide to having an awesome experience when visiting Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall…
CHIANG KAI-SHEK EXHIBITION HALL
Visit the Exhibition Hall before the Changing of the Guards, which happens every hour from 9am to 4pm, with the last change at 4.40pm.
A painting of two of the most prominent personalities of the Republic of China (ROC): Sun Yat-Zen, Founding Father of the ROC, and his successor Chiang Kai-shek, former President of Taiwan and General of the ruling Kuomintang party.
(Photo: the lovely Daphne Oseña-Paez of Daphne.PH)
This is one of the best spots in the exhibition hall for a souvenir photo.
It was a great pleasure having Ivan Man Dy of Old Manila Walks as our tour guide, explaining the story of the Soong Sisters — the most powerful sisters in China:
- Soong Ai-ling who married H. H. Kung, richest man and finance minister of China,
- Soong Ching-ling who married Sun Yat-sen, Father of Modern China and first President of the Republic of China, and
- Soong May-ling who married Chiang Kai-shek, the leader of the Kuomintang (KMT), and President of the Republic of China.
CHANGING OF THE GUARD @ CHIANG KAI-SHEK MEMORIAL HALL
(Photo of the Diaz Boys: Aidan, Joshua, and Raphael of Our Awesome Planet)
Make sure to take a photo right after the exhibition for a clear view of Chiang Kai-shek.
(Photo: The beautiful Jenni Epperson of JenniEpperson.com)
Don't forget to take a selfie or souvenir photo mid-way down the steps for a great shot of Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in the background.
CHIANG KAI-SHEK MEMORIAL HALL
No.21, Zhongshan S.Rd., Zhongzheng Dist.,Taipei City 10048, Taiwan (R.O.C)
Telephone: +886 2 2343-1100
Opening Hours: 9.00am to 6.00pm
Official Website: http://www.cksmh.gov.tw/eng/
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Disclosure: We paid for our family trip to Taiwan last November 2013. Our Fam Trip last June 2014 was courtesy of the Taiwan Visitor's Bureau, Eva Air, and Jeron Travel. Read Our Awesome Planet Complete Disclosure Policy here.
P.S. We were lucky to experience a lifestyle fair when we visited last November.