Saturday, October 13, 2007

Taiwan: Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall

Ok, let me start my Taiwan travelogue with CKS Memorial Hall (中正纪念堂). It's a must-visit place if you travel to Taiwan. However, to our disappointment, renovation was in process when we were there. The president, Chen Sui-Bian was having a mission to nullify CKS, which was known as "去蒋化"运动 in Taiwan (as what the tour guide said). Consequently, we only could take a few snapshots in front of the gate and buildings. From wikipedia, the historical place is now renamed as Taiwan Democracy Memorial Hall (台湾民主纪念馆).

CKS Memorial Hall

There were plenty of pigeons in front of the gates. Those children were damn excited playing with them.

This was National Concert Hall (国家音乐厅) and the National Theater (国家戏剧院) was located at the other side. As what you have seen in the first picture, it was totally covered up, so there's no point to take a picture of it.

Walking further down, it's the Memorial Hall. The memorial hall was closed, so we missed the chance to go inside and find out what's beneath the pagoda-like blue rooftop.

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