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December 23, 2011

Photo of the Week: Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taiwan

Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei, Taiwan at night.

Sitting in the heart of central Taipei, Taiwan is the memorial hall to the Republic of China’s first president, Chiang Kai-shek. Completed in 1980, the stark-white, four-side building is topped by a dark octagonal roof has become one of the most recognizable symbols of Taiwan.

Inside the Memorial Hall is a giant bronze statue of Chiang Kai-shek in traditional Chinese dress. Similar in function to the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall is a place of reverence for many Taiwanese.

Guarded by soldiers, there is a fantastic hourly changing of the guard ceremony that is worth viewing. In the basement of the building, which is really ground-level, there is a gift shop, library, and a museum about the big man upstairs.

The photo below was taken from the veranda of the National Theater of Taiwan last December.

Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei, Taiwan at night.

Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei, Taiwan at night.






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