Taipei: Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall (中正紀念堂)

I arrived in Taipei very early on a Friday morning. Unable to check in yet, I decided to do some sightseeing on my own since Fat Man was only going to arrive at night. This memorial hall is built on a large piece of land and consist of several areas. On top of the memorial hall, there is the national concert hall, national theatre, Gate of Great Piety, garden, library and museum. Both the library and the museum document President Chiang Kai-Shek’s life and career, as well as Taiwan’s history and development. I was lucky to catch the elaborate exchange of shift between the guards at the memorial hall. It was an interesting march/ dance performed by the guards in front of visitors, although I do pity them having to do this lengthy performance several times a day. There were several peach blossom trees (I think) in the garden area that has bloomed beautifully. That was quite pretty. The chilly weather in January was perfect for a mid morning stroll in the gardens, admiring the blooms, checking out the huge koi swimming lazily in the pond. The memorial hall is definitely well worth a visit when dropping Taipei.

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