Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall
The guards change ceremonies at Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial bronze statue hall takes place on top of the hour. You should arrive at least 15 minutes before. This will ensure that you may get a place in the first row.
Opening Times and Crowds
The hall is open from 9 am until 6 pm but the guard change happens from 9 to 5 each hour in total 9 times each day. The hall is closed at Chinese New Year Eve, Chinese New Year and maintenance days.
The monument and the park around are one of the main attractions for tourists and guided tours in Taipei. Try to get there early in the morning and in general avoid weekends because the location is visited by many local people as well. The Memorial Park opens daily from 05:00 am to 12:00 pm.
Peak Season in Taiwan
Avoid the summer months (July and August) and around Chinese New Year (late January or early February) when prices are on the highest level, accommodations are often fully booked, and many places are overrun.
From April until October temps can be unpleasant hot with high humidity at daytime. In summer day temps are around 30°C and in winter (Dec. to Feb.) around 20°C while nights are cold with less than 10°C. Most precipitation from May to September but a dry season does not exist. The driest months are November to January/February with rainfall on average less than 100 mm. The climate is influenced by the northeast and the southwest monsoon. The northeast monsoon season lasts long from October until March and the southwest from May until September. At the monsoon season typhoons occur, and Taiwan gets hit each year frequently from July to September.
The Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall was opened to the public in 1980. It was architected by Yang Cho-cheng who won the architecture contest for the building. His design was based on the Sun-Yat-sen mausoleum in Nanjing. The blue and white colors represent Taiwan’s national emblem "Blue Sky and White Sun". The steps up to the main hall count 89 which was the age of President Chiang as he passed away. Overall the architectural concept combines traditional Chinese thought and commemorative meaning.
Apart from the main memorial hall, the National Theatre and National Concert Hall are located at the opposite side of the park. With various fine performances and exhibitions, these halls are significant to the art and culture of Taiwan.
At the full hour, most of the hall is fenced off, and the only sound that can be heard is the synchronized clicking of the soldiers’ boots entering the hall. They march to a silent beat as their arms swing forward and their legs raise in perfect harmony.
The new guards and the remaining perform a series of rifle movements before they change the place. When the ceremony is finished, the new guards on the platforms will stand motionless until the next full hour. Their uniform will be corrected by a person to ensure a perfect outfit.
How to Get to Chiang Kai-shek plus Top Tip
Travel around Taipei is best with the metro (MRT) green and red line. The closest station is Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall. Anyhow, if you like to visit a couple of attractions in Taipei like the TWTC 101 and the Elephant Mountain Hill we highly recommend staying close in the city center. It takes 1 1/2 hour to get from the airport to the Chiang Kai-shek metro station by public transport. Taipai is much bigger than we expected with almost 3 million residents. One of the best-situated hotels between Chiang Kai-shek and the World Trade Center 101 is the Dandy Hotel-Daan Park Branch. The hotel offers breakfast, and there are outstanding restaurants within walking distance.