Taiwan -> TAIPEI -> Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall
Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall    TAIPEI, Taipei County

The Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall is an over-the-top dedication to the one-time dictator of Taiwan. The white walls and massive blue roof of the memorial hall houses a museum dedicated to the General's life, including his two bulletproof Cadillacs. Pay attention to the history in the museum, you may find the recounting a bit different than what you are familiar with. Once you ascend the 89 steps (the age when he died) to Chiang's bronze statue looking out towards China, you will also be greeted with three Chinese characters on the white marble walls. These mean 'ethics', 'democracy', and 'science', the 'Three Principles of the People'. There is a movement, however, to remove the statue and rename the Hall. No one knows when or if this will actually happen but it may be listed as National Taiwan Democracy Monument during your visit.

On the grounds you will also find the National Theater and National Concert Hall. You will frequently see marching bands or drill teams practicing on the many plazas surrounding the Hall.

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