6 Things To Do Around National Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall

6 Things To Do Around National Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall

The Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall has a stunning blue and white exterior and is an important national monument with historical significance. Within this remarkable monument stands a two-story statue of a former president of the Republic of China. One of its renowned attractions is the fascinating ceremony where guards change every hour from 9 to 5, right in front of the statue. After enjoying the performance, you can also explore the dedicated museum inside the hall. The fact that the park surrounding the shrine is now called Democracy Plaza shows how Taiwanese society has changed a lot in the 21st century. 


Places to Visit & Things to Do Around Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall

1. Democracy Plaza

Democracy Plaza is an impressive site encompassed by Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Library, Liberty Square Arch, National Concert Hall, and National Theater. The entire Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall is encircled by similar white and blue walls, reminiscent of the Liberty Square Arch. You can enjoy a pleasant walk along the wall and easily recognize this destination from a distance. After your stroll, don't forget to capture memorable photos in front of the Liberty Square Arch. Photographers often visit during golden hours to capture the beauty of this place through their lenses. Ultimate Taipei Day Tour guides you to all must visit places in Taipei!


2. National Concert Hall & National Theater

On either side of the Democracy Plaza stand the impressive National Concert Hall and National Theater, two exquisite red buildings. In the evenings and on weekends, it's a common sight to see high school and university students practicing dancing right in front of these majestic structures. Moreover, these buildings host national performances almost daily. Make sure to check out the events schedule and book tickets in advance when you are in the area to experience the vibrant cultural scene they offer!


3. Bird Watching

After exploring these impressive buildings, you'll discover small parks, ponds, and charming trails surrounding the Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall, with a delightful cherry blossom area near the Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Library. This hidden garden offers benches, trees, and a picturesque view of the pond, providing a serene and relaxing atmosphere. Additionally, it's an excellent spot for birdwatching, adding to the tranquility and natural beauty of the surroundings.


4. Chun Shui Tang

Chun Shui Tang from Taichung was the first to make bubble tea back in 1980s. Their menu not only features the most authentic tea but also includes delicious offerings like Kung-Fu Noodles and Beef Noodles that are worth trying. When you visit Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall, make sure to drop by the store located on the first floor of the National Concert Hall. To avoid long waiting lines, it's recommended to arrive early or choose non-peak dining hours. Join a half-day tour to experience bubble tea making and a morning market tour: Taipei Food Tour and Colorful Bubble Tea Making


5. Nanmen Market

Nan Men (南門) Market, also known as South Gate Market, received its name because of its original location along Taipei's historic city walls, which were mostly demolished in 1909 when the market was established. Freshly renovated in 2023, this place retains its traditional charm while being housed in a newer building. Despite the upgrade, the market still offers a wide range of traditional foods, including cakes, mantou, dried fruits, jerky, fresh meat, vegetables, and everything you need for the Chinese New Year. With the darkness and discomfort of the old market gone, the new ambiance provides a more pleasant and inviting shopping experience. Check out a tour to morning market with bubble milk making: Taipei Food Tour and Colorful Bubble Tea Making


6. 2-28 Memorial Park

After visiting all these captivating scenic spots, if you wish to gain a deeper understanding of Taiwan's history during the tumultuous 20th century, make your way to the nearby 2-28 Memorial Park. There, you can explore the museum dedicated to The 2-28 Incident, a significant event that led to 38 years of martial law in Taiwan. This museum offers valuable insights into the country's past and provides a meaningful context to complement your journey through Taiwan's remarkable landscapes.


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