Chiang Kai Shek (CKS) Memorial Hall is a monument commemorating the life of former President Chiang Kai Shek, a strong 20th century military and political leader in China. It is considered to be one of the great landmarks of Taiwan.
Brief Biography of Chiang Kai Shek
He started his government career in 1909 while serving in the Japanese army, until he returned to fight in the revolution that dethroned the last emperor of China. In 1918, he joined the Nationalist Party, under the leadership of Sun Yat-sen, whose main objective was to unify China.
Some Interesting Facts About the Memorial Hall
CKS Memorial Hall was built to mirror the architectural lines of the Temple of Heaven in Beijing. There are two sets of stairs within the Hall, totaling 89, representing Chiang's age when he died.
People Who Might Like to Visit
Anyone interested in the political or military history of Taiwan would find the Hall fascinating. It provides terrific insight into the day-to-day life of Chiang. Students can learn about Taiwan's history while learning mathematical principles as they tour the Hall. Beginner orienteers will also find the CKS Memorial Hall interesting since it has been designated as a competition site.
Building Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall
Engineers broke ground for construction of the Hall on what would have been the 90th birthday of Chiang in 1976.
Internationally renowned Chinese architect Yang Cho Cheng was selected to design the Memorial Hall and surrounding park. The building was completed and opened to the public in 1980.
The Best Time To Visit
The doors open from 9:00 am until 6:00 pm daily. Tours are available on Mondays at 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm. They are also offered on Saturday and Sunday at 11:00 am and 1:00 pm.
March to May is the rainy season, so unless visitors like drizzly rain while sightseeing, they may want to plan their visit for another time. Visits could be planned to coincide with the New Taipei City Pingxi International Sky Lantern Festival running from January 26-February 6 and the Taipei Dragon Boat Festival lasting from June 22-24.
Location of Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall
The address for Memorial Hall is ZhongZheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan 100.
Transportation Information for Visitors
The Taipei City bus system has 23 routes passing by the Hall. Visitors can choose to get off at one of two stops - CKS Memorial Hall or Nanmen Market. There are also 3 private bus companies available to provide transportation. Another option to consider is China's MRT system, which has 3 lines that stop at the CKS Memorial Hall Station.
Other Travel Details Visitors Should Know
All foreign currency will need to be exchanged for NT dollars, including Travelers' Checks. Also, bring clothing suitable for spring-like temperatures since the climate is mild year round.