|Taipei Landmark | Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall & Liberty Square|
|Friday, 27 August 2010 00:00|
Better known as 國立中正紀念堂 (traditional Chinese) to the locals, Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall was erected by Taiwan government to honor his contribution as military and political leader. He passed away on 5 April 1975 at the age of 89 years old. The memorial hall was officially opened to public on his fifth anniversary 5 April 1980.
Boasting a blend of Chinese architecture and Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum in Nanjing, the memorial hall was designed by Yang Cho-cheng and made from concrete and marble. A base of four walls stands 70 m above the ground, it is covered with an octagonal roof of blue glazed tiles. There is a pair of staircases leading to the main hall where a large bronze statue of Chiang Kai-shek in traditional costume and sitting posture is the highlight. Aside from the iconic statue of Chiang Kai-shek, the ground of the memorial hall also serves a library and a museum, showcasing the history of Chiang's life, his career and development of the republic.
As a symbol of democracy, the precinct of Liberty Square also houses another two prominent buildings namely National Concert Hall on the north and National Theater on the south. Standing opposite each other, the architecture of both buildings is almost a superimposed of one on another! If you pay attention to these structures, the significant distinction is the design of roof.
Day or night, Liberty Square attracts huge crowd to flock or meet besides creating a recreational venue to unwind. National or public events often take place on this spacious concrete ground too.
No.21, Zhongshan S. Rd.
Taipei City, Republic of China
|Last Updated on Monday, 23 August 2010 22:58|
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