Chung Cheng Memorial Hall

The National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall is a famous monument erected in memory of Chiang Kai-shek. The octagonal roof rises 70 meters above the ground. The shape picks up the symbolism of the number 8, abundance and good fortune.

The National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall
-we counted the steps as we climbed up to find out the age of Chiang


The main hall of the Memorial Hall
-It has a statue of President Chiang Kai-shek.
-we were not allowed to go near the statue or the guards

Main gate at Liberty Square
-view from the main hall of the Memorial Hall


Two sets of stairs, each with 89 steps to represent Chiang's age at the time of his death, lead to the main entrance.

The main entrance features a pair of double doors, each standing 16 meters high and weighing 75 tons, that open into the main hall.

A large bronze statue of Chiang kai-shek dominates the main hall. The figure is shown smiling, seated and wearing traditional Chinese dress. Inscribed on the wall above and behind the seated figure are the Chinese characters for Ethics, Democracy, and Science. Inscriptions on the side walls 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.

the guards on duty

Representatives of the armed forces guard the main hall during its open hours. The changing of the guards takes place every hour, attracting many visitors.
http://en.wikipedia.org

Comments

  1. i am pity those guards who always stand there and do nothing. it is eeasy job but not suitable for mee.

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  2. Great photos. It looks like an incredible place.

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  3. So huge. :p The guards....I salute them. If I were them...I would have fallen asleep.

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  4. Those guards look like toys soldiers

    Happy Easter

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  5. U should tease the guards haha:D

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  6. I wonder any of the guards ever sneezed before? If they laugh will land up in deep trouble.

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  7. Beautiful photos, wenn. Glad you're back, and Happy Easter!

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  8. Happy Easter, Wenn - Learnt of no.of steps that is equivalent to his age!

    The guards kinda like the England's guards (from Mr bean's movie) ~ serious & discipline as sentinel

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  9. I had no ideal Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall is so big

    As for the changing guard thing, KL istana also have but I havent seen yet

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  10. Wenn: What great photos from the hall. It reminds me of our Lincoln Memorial.

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  11. i heard that those who stand on guard are normally newly recruits.. like sort of training for them..

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  12. I wonder what if the guards need a toilet break?

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  13. Wonderful shots! Do you own a studio? Your pictures are beautiful! ^-^

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  14. Thank you for this lovely tour of a place I will probably never have the opportunity to visit :)

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  15. Chiang Kai-shek used to be a hero in Taiwan, but now he is seen by many as a dictator. Wondering if the memorial would be renamed sometime in future...

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  16. I like the shape of the roof! Yes, it symbolises wealth and fortune! : )

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