In the morning of our last day in Taipei, we visited the National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall. It was built in memory of the first president of the Republic of China, Chiang Kai-shek. It’s a huge compound where people can walk leisurely and relax while watching other people who congregate in the area. The memorial hall though is, at least for me, not as grand as other memorial halls I’ve visited like Lincoln Memorial in D.C.
The hall has been the center of several debates in Taiwan. In the past, it was considered as a legacy of the past authoritarian regime and as such, there was a clamor to tear it down or to rename it. At one point, it was called the Taiwan Democracy Memorial Park. But in 2008, it was again reinstated to being called the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall.
Despite the debates and all that, it’s still a good place to visit if you are into culture and history, and moreso if you would like to witness the changing of the guards. Again though, the changing of the guards here is not as grand as the ones you can witness, for example, in Seoul.
More pics after the jump.
My next post will be about this lovely restaurant that some locals perceive to be better than Din Tai Fung. Stay tuned 🙂