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The polished concrete-and-marble building with an impressive cobalt roof is a memorial for Chiang Kai-shek, a nationalist who fought against a communist China. In 1949, Chiang fled to the island of Taiwan where he established a government in exile which focused on economic modernization. Even though many Taiwanese consider themselves a self-governing nation, today, Chiang is considered the first president of the Republic of China (ROC).
The Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall sits within Liberty Square, an enormous space of about 2.5 million square feet. The square is one of the most significant places for events and public meetings in the city. The site includes the National Theater, National Concert Hall, and the Gate of Great Centrality and Perfect Uprightness.
89 steps lead to the top of the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, signifying Chiang's age at the time of his death. The colors used for the memorial represent the same colors on the ROC flag. Inside, you’ll find photos of Chiang, some of his hand-written notes, and a huge bronze statue of him. Symbolically, the statue faces west towards mainland China. If you look up you’ll see the Taiwanese National Emblem—a blue sky with a white sun. If you're an early riser, this is a great place to learn the centuries-old art form of Tai Chi. Locals gather within Liberty Square and will have no qualms if you join along. This is also the ideal place in Taipei to feel the history of Taiwan. Take your time strolling through the charming gardens and make sure you witness the changing of the guard!
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