Chiang Kai Shek Hal

Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall is a symbol of Taiwan

This grand Memorial Hall was built in memory of President Chiang Kai Shek who died in 1975.  He was a former Chinese political and military leader under the Chinese Nationalist Party, but was defeated by Chairman Mao in the civil war, so he fled to Taiwan and helped make Taiwan what it is today .

The Memorial Hall, Taipei, is located at the end of a large square an area of 240,000 square meters. Close to the western entrance is the National Theatre and the National Concert Hall.

Memorial Square facing Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall

Memorial Square facing Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall

It was a wet rainy day when I went to visit so not too many tourists. I climbed  the 89 steps, representing his age when he died, to the entrance of the Hall.  In the great hall there’s a huge bronze statue in a seated position of him smiling and at all times guarded by two standing soldiers.

Bronze seated statue of Chiang Kai Shek smiling

Bronze seated statue of Chiang Kai Shek smiling

Guarded continually by two soldiers

Guarded continually by two soldiers

looking out to the Western Entrance at the National Theatre and Concert Hall

looking out to the Western Entrance at the National Theatre and Concert Hall

There’s much information on the internet about this man, but within Taiwan very little. It’s reported the Taiwanese are trying to eradicate all mention of him and remove his name. He is remembered as a dictator who introduced martial law, imprisoned and murdered 1000s of Taiwanese. I was told they would rather forget this era of their history. However, though I was told this first hand I’m unable to find any written details.

2 thoughts on “Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall is a symbol of Taiwan

  1. Barbara Fitzsenry

    Amazing how much damage some political figures can cause, but then the opposite can also be true — moments of brilliance I don’t think were his forte, but whether they like it or not, Taiwan will always be connected to him not matter how they try to eradicate or rewrite history. Look at Aknaten as a fine example.

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