Monday, February 11, 2008

Chiang Kai-shek Memorial, Taipei

The memorial was built to commemorate the life of fomer president of R.O.C., Chiang Kai-Shek (1887-1975). Chiang Kai-shek, Chinese statesman and military leader, who was a pivotal figure in the history of modern China, was born in Fenghua, Zhejiang Province.

The park covers 62 acres with nicely landscaped gardens, ponds, walkways and exercise areas, with a wide open plaza. The Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall is located in Taipei City's Chungshan South Road.

Memorial Hall

The Memorial Hall, in bright white marble is topped by an octagonal roof of brilliant blue-glass covered tiles that reaches a height of 250 feet. The memorial statue and hall is on the upper level while the lower level of the structure contains an exhibition center and a library. The architecture of the memorial itself is modeled after the pyramid-like top of Tiantan in Peking.

National Concert Hall and National Theater
The National Chiang Kai-shek Cultural Center consists of two buildings: The National Concert Hall and the National Theater. Both halls are important centers for the performing arts in Taiwan.
The National Concert Hall capacity crowd of 2,070 people can gather here.
The National Theater is extremely well suited for musical shows, opera, ballet and modern dance.

The Plaza
The plaza in front of the memorial is often used for large scale shows, fairs, public activities and folk performances. International groups also frequently perform here.

This photo was taken during my stay here in Taiwan. It was Chinese New Year in Taiwan when I go to this place!

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