Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Park is a massive square that includes the National Concert Hall, National Theater and the Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall in Taipei, Taiwan.
Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Park has picturesque opportunities at every turn. It’s also known as Liberty Square. The square is the site of many demonstrations and celebration of Taiwan’s democracy. It contains the symmetrical National Concert Hall and National Theater facing each other while the Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Park sits at the opposite of the square.
I walked to Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Park from 2/28 Peace Park, which was less than 2 miles. It’s an easy stroll if the air quality is good. As I reached the square, the first thing I noticed was the National Concert Hall and National Theater. The two symmetrical building facing each other like identical twins; but, each had its own personality and charm. The second thing I noticed was the Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall.
It sat on a two tier structure. It’s an all white building with a blue rooftop made of concrete and marble. It’s a pretty imposing structure compared to the National Concert Hall and National Theater. There are 89 steps on each side of the stairs representing Chiang Kai-Shek age when he passed. The hall is massive with a golden statue of Chiang Kai-Shek in the middle. It reminded me of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC.
Unfortunately, I didn’t stick around for the changing of the guard ceremony in the afternoon. Furthermore, there’s a great view of the two concert halls, Liberty Square, the Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Park garden and Taipei’s Skyline if you can see through the smog. I left after an hour of pictures and sitting on the steps. I started to head in the direction of the Chiang Kai-Shek Station.
I stumbled upon an oasis. It was a lush green garden with a large pond with a porcelain white bridge right next to the Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Park Hall. It had a peaceful atmosphere providing relief from Taiwan’s humidity. The different shade of green provided contrast to Taipei’s buildings and hectic metropolitan lifestyle. I don’t think anyone could come to Taipei without visiting the Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Park and Liberty Square.
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