The National Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall was built to honor the first President of Taiwan (Republic of China), Chiang Kai-Shek. The building is white with four sides and features an octogonal blue roof, which recalls the Asian tradition that the number 8 is associated with good fortune. Two sets of white stairs lead up to the main entrance. Each have 89 steps, the same age at Chiang’s time of death. The hall is located in Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Park, a public square that is the site of mass gatherings and movements that shaped Taiwan as it is today.
The ground level of the hall has a library and various exhibits chronicling Chiang’s life and career as a revolutionary, military leader, and politician. Visitors can also learn about the history and development of Taiwan. The upper level contains a main hall in which a large bronze statue of Chiang is located, and also has multiple guard mounting ceremonies throughout the day.
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