Managed to fit visiting Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall into our itinerary. Took the Metro Train and alighted at Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall Station, exited at Exit 5.
The back of the National Theatre greets visitors coming from the train.
Walk on the side of the National Theatre and you will be in awe! Liberty Square is so huge, you will see the Archway, the National Theatre, the National Concert Hall and afar will be the CKS Memorial Hall.
The Archway is the main gate to Liberty Square. It stands magnificently in its blue roof tile and white facade. There are actually 3 gates surrounding the whole square. They are the Gate of Loyalty and the Gate of Piety.
This is the Gate of Integrity.
The National Theatre
National Concert Hall
These twin structures are two of the first major modern performing arts facilities in Taiwan. It lies on the South and North sides of Liberty Square, and on the east of CKS Memorial Hall.
According to Wikipedia, the National Theater contains a smaller Experimental Theater and the National Concert Hall holds a more intimate Recital Hall. Outdoor performances can be staged simultaneously on the square.
And now, we go to the main attraction of this visit. At the east end of the square lies Chiang Kai Shek’s Monument.
Found a good samaritan to take our picture. 😀 Halfway through.
There are actually 89 steps to this stairway, representing the age of Chiang Kai Shek when he passed away.
It’s a bit hard to get to the top but the view is magnificent.
2 guards stand by the giant statue of Chiang Kai Shek. They also have guard changing ceremony. They usually come from the main hall downstairs and march up to the statue.
On this same floor, they house a mini library with details about how the place was built.
Down the main hall, a museum for Chiang Kai Shek can be found. They exhibit here his old clothes, military uniforms, memorabilias, letters and his magnificent cars.
Explored some more then left for our next adventure.