The most prominent historical landmark in Taiwan, the CKS Memorial Hall was erected in honor and memory of Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek, the former President of the Republic of China, and was opened in 1980 as part of a national park and gathering area.
The name of the square is officially Liberty Square (自由廣場), as seen above the front gate, however the name change was politically motivated and most people in practice still refer to the entire complex as CKS Memorial Hall.
The octagon-shaped white building rises 76 meters and is covered with blue tiles and red accents, echoing the flag of the Republic of China. The eight sides represent the Chinese cultural symbolism of the number eight which is traditionally associated with fortune and wealth.
The two sets of 89 steps represent Chiang’s age of death and lead up to main hall housing a large bronze statue of Chiang protected by military personnel which change hourly.
The characters behind Chiang’s statue read “Ethics”, “Democracy”, and “Science”, and the inscriptions on the side read “The purpose of life is to improve the general life of humanity” and “The meaning of life is to create and sustain subsequent lives in the universe”.
Below the hall is a museum documenting Chiang’s life and career, as well as exhibits about Taiwan’s history, pan-Chinese culture and history, and the ROC’s development after moving to Taiwan.
Besides the main hall, the large complex includes the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Park (中正紀念公園), National Concert Hall (國家音樂廳), and the National Theater (國家戲劇院).
Memorial Hall: Open daily from 09:00 to 18:00, except for Chinese New Year Eve and Chinese New Year
Memorial Park: Open daily from 05:00 to 24:00
Raising and Lowering the National Flag:
Summer time(4/1~9/30): Raising the flag: 06:00/ Lowering the flag: 18:10
Winter time(10/1~3/31): Raising the flag: 06:30/ Lowering the flag: 17:10
Changing of the honored guards:
Morning: 09:00, 10:00, 11:00, 12:00
Afternoon: 13:00, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00, 17:00
Hot to Get There:
1. Bus route 15, 18, 20, 22, 37, 204, 208, 214, 236, 248, 249, 251, 252, 261, 263, 270, 297, 621, 623, 630, 65, exit Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall station(中正紀念堂站) or Nanmen market station(南門市場站).
1. Take MRT to Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall Station(中正紀念堂站) directly.
P/s: If you are taking the Hop-On and Hop-Off bus, you can stop directly in front of CKS Memorial.