Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall (or CKS Memorial Hall) is one of Taiwan’s famous national monuments and landmarks. The building, which is surrounded by a park, was created in memory of Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek, former President of the Republic of China (Taiwan).
The memorial hall's octagonal building complete with a vivid blue roof and a pair of rising steps make for a striking image. Visitors can walk through the building to learn about Kai-Shek’s life and watch the hourly changing of the guards.
While most tourists mostly visit the Memorial Hall, the park itself is worth seeing; it’s a Chinese-style garden that covers almost 62 acres. Like many Chinese gardens, the park has many species of trees, shrubs, and flowers connected by an assortment of halls and pavilions. Since the foliage changes throughout the year, you can always come back for new scenery. You'll also see a variety of birds that call the park home including Moorhens, Black-crowned Night Herons, Malaysian Night Herons, and Japanese White-Eyes.
Visitors can hang around the park daily from 5:00 am to Midnight. You’ll often find tourists taking photos of the ornate front gates, which are designed with the same white stone and blue tiled roof as CKS Memorial Hall.
Once you pass through the gates, you’ll see elaborately planted flower beds and shrubs. On your left would be the National Concert Hall and the right is the National Theater. These facilities operate together and unlike other major concert/theater venues, these facilities can run two major art and cultural events in a single night.
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