Chaing Kai Shek Memorial Hall

A national monument erected in the memory of Chiang Kai-shek, the first president of the People’s Republic of China which was founded in 1949. It is one of Taiwan’s most popular landmarks.

The memorial was proposed after the revolutionary and inspirational leader’s death in 1975. Since then, it has become the site of many events and the starting point of many movements, not to mention one of the country’s greatest tourist attractions. The complex also has the National Concert Hall and the National Theatre, on either side in front of the Memorial Hall. The main building, that is the hall, is on the east end. An interesting fact about the memorial hall is that it has a combination of 89 stairs, signifying the age of Chiang Kai-shek when he died. There are 3 gates into the complex, one each in the north (Gate of Great Loyalty), south (Great gate of Piety) and the west (Gate of Great Centrality and Perfect Uprightness). The entire complex is beautified with gardens and ponds, greatly enhancing the aesthetics.