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.
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.
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.