The National Revolutionary Martyrs' Shrine was built in 1969 to remember the Kuomintang soldiers who died during the Xinhai Revolution, Northern Expedition, Second Sino-Japanese War, Chinese Civil War, and the First and Second Taiwan Strait Crises. The complex is home to the main shrine and several smaller exhibits found throughout the local area. There are around 390,000 spirit tablets honoring the KMT soldiers who gave their lives fighting.
Active ROC military personnel patrol the shrine. Visitors are encouraged to stay and watch the changing of the guard, which occurs every hour until 5 pm. The main guards have been trained to stand with emotionless facades. Many tourists love to stand by and see their legendary composure firsthand. The shrine is also important for its ceremonial use. Every spring and autumn, Taiwan's president leads military and civil officials in public worship. Leaders from other countries also pay tribute at the shrine and every October, groups of Chinese visit the site.
The Martyrs' Shrine resides on the slope of the Qing Mountain and overlooks the Keelung River. It's conveniently located next to the Grand Hotel. Its architectural style resembles the Taihe Dian Imperial Palace in Beijing, China and symbolizes the valiant spirit of the martyrs. The shrine is surrounded by more than 33,000 square meters of grass fields on all sides. In addition, it's protected by nearby mountains, placing a serene, calm atmosphere over the entire area. If you're looking for a cool, quiet place to pay your respects to an important part of Taipei's history, then come and visit the Martyrs' Shrine.
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