Taiwan: National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall
The most prominent historical landmark in Taiwan built in honor and memory of Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek.
After taking the train, we found ourselves in one of Taiwan's well-known landmark. It was quite a walk from the nearest train station but you'll sure enjoy every bit of it.
To the left, you'll see the National Concert Hall in its bright orange roof.
To the right, you'll see the National Theater with its exterior almost identical to the structure across it.
The square is officially named Liberty Square (自由廣場), as seen on the front gate. Since the name change was considered politically motivated, most people still refer to the entire square as CKS Memorial Hall.
The octagon-shaped white building rises 76 meters high. The eight sides represents the Chinese symbolism associated with the number eight which is traditionally linked with fortune and wealth.
Two sets of 89 steps on both side represents Chiang Kai-shek's age of death. This step leads up to the main hall that houses a large bronze statue, protected by military personnels. They change hourly in a ceremony that is like the Changing of the Guards in places of Royalties.
Characters behind the statue reads "Ethics", "Democracy", and "Science".
Below the hall is a museum that documents Chiang Kai-shek's life and career. It also features exhibits about Taiwan's history, as well as RoC's development after moving to Taiwan.
After spending 2 hours exploring the Memorial Hall, it was time for some fun.