Travelling in Taipei is relatively easy as its Metropolitan Rapid Transit (MRT) is easily accessible, fast and efficient. National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall (中正紀念堂) is situated near Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall MRT, along the red line. You can click on the map below for a higher resolution of the MRT map.
While some may find the walk from the MRT station to National Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall tiring, I enjoyed every bit of it. I like big, open spaces and the vast Freedom Square made me relaxed and happy. I guess the early morning breeze helped too.
There is a change of the guard ceremony that happens hourly at the memorial hall, which is the white building at the centre of the square. The change of guard ceremony is quite impressive and you should probably plan to go earlier to secure a good spot. A large crowd is almost a certainty and thus if you don’t want to be like me (i.e. had to stand all the way behind the crowd and peep through the heads), go earlier. 😉
One thing that I didn’t do was to visit the place during twilight period. I heard that a lot of local Taiwanese would gather at the square in the morning for Taichi and that the hall would be beautifully lit at night. But I guess a family trip is different from a photography trip and there are always pros and cons. If you have not been to this place, I would strongly encourage you to take 2 hours off your schedule and visit this halcyon place. You won’t regret it.
Useful Information – Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall:
- CKS Memorial Hall: 09:00-18:00 daily
- Freedom Square: 24 hours
Changing of the Guard Ceremony:
- Every hour, on the hour
- MRT to Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall MRT