Discover The Democracy Memorial (ex Chiang Kai-Shek memorial). Ta´wan

A place of pilgrimage for a good number of Taiwanese who come to pay tribute to the leader of the nationalist island for over 30 years, the memorial was opened to the public on 5 April 1980, five years following the death of the president. This gigantic octogonal building of white marble capped by blue ceramic roofs, 220 feet high, overlooks a very charming 62 acre garden. In the lobby, you can see the 25-tonne bronze statue of Chiang Kai-Shek. The soldiers of the national guard change every hour... The 89 steps leading to the summit are reminiscent of his age at the time of his death. Due to the loss of prestige of the former strong-man of Taiwan, the Chiang Kai-Shek memorial has been renamed the Democracy Memorial. Inside this majestic building, flanked by the national concert hall of the National Theatre, you can admire an exhibition showing the great man's possessions, including a superb Cadillac. You will equally find his office where you will find a very life-like wax Chiang Kai-Shek.

  • The Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial, The Democracy Memorial (ex Chiang Kai-Shek memorial)., Monuments, Taiwan
    The Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial

    A place of pilgrimage for many Taiwanese who come to pay homage to the man who led the nationalist island for nearly 30 years.

    ę Carlos Rodrigues / EASYVOYAGE
  • The changing of the guards, The Democracy Memorial (ex Chiang Kai-Shek memorial)., Monuments, Taiwan
    The changing of the guards

    The soldiers of the national guard change every hour in front of the 25-ton bronze statue of Chiang Kai-Shek.

    ę Carlos Rodrigues / EASYVOYAGE
  • A very pretty 62-acre garden, The Democracy Memorial (ex Chiang Kai-Shek memorial)., Monuments, Taiwan
    A very pretty 62-acre garden

    This gigantic, octagon-shaped white marble building topped with a 76-metre high blue ceramic roof is flanked by the National Concert Hall and the National Theatre.

    ę Carlos Rodrigues / EASYVOYAGE
  • A statue of Chiang Kai-Shek, The Democracy Memorial (ex Chiang Kai-Shek memorial)., Monuments, Taiwan
    A statue of Chiang Kai-Shek

    The 89 steps leading to the top of the memorial, where the bronze 25-ton statue stands, represent his age at the time of his death.

    ę Carlos Rodrigues / EASYVOYAGE
  • A portrait of Chiang Kai-Shek , The Democracy Memorial (ex Chiang Kai-Shek memorial)., Monuments, Taiwan
    A portrait of Chiang Kai-Shek

    The memorial was opened to the public on 5th April, 1980, 5 years after the president's death.

    ę Carlos Rodrigues / EASYVOYAGE
  • Chiang Kai-Shek's Cadillac, The Democracy Memorial (ex Chiang Kai-Shek memorial)., Monuments, Taiwan
    Chiang Kai-Shek's Cadillac

    Inside, you can see an exhibition which displays a selection of the great man's belongings, including a superb Cadillac.

    ę Carlos Rodrigues / EASYVOYAGE
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