Day 2, stop 1: The National Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall

 

Day two started with viewing the chic spaces of W Taipei in detail followed by a sumptuous lunch at the stylish YEN restaurant on the top floor of the hotel.

The view was fantastic. A few of the city attractions were conveniently situated in the Xinyi District neighborhood. I spotted where I was headed for the day.

First on the list was the National Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, a couple of blocks from the hotel.

 

Xinyi District attraction, the Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall
The National Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall at Xinyi District

 

The name sounded familiar. Retracing my day one tour of the city, Sun was on the huge painting greeting visitors at the ground floor exhibit hall of the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall. It was painting of Chiang and Sun on board the train from Guangzhou to Shaogun in preparation for the Northern Expedition.

 

Selfie with Sun Yat-sen portrait
A portrait & a selfie. A Chinese tourist having a moment with the National Father of China

 

The Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall is situated within Zhongshan Park (the most well-known and popular Chinese name for Dr. Sun is Sun Zhongshan). Gardens, decorative historical walls, and an exhibition and performance area surrounding Lake Cui, or Emerald Pond, make up the 28.4-acre park.

 

The entrance closest to the Taipei metro Sun Yat-se Memorial Hall exit
The rear entrance of attraction is the closest from the metro exit of the same name

 

Site map of Zhongshan Park
The property’s site map

 

The park's directional sign
Directional signs

 

Statues of the founder of modern China are spread across the Zhongshan Park
Statues of the founder of modern China are spread across the Zhongshan Park

 

Zhongshan Park's Lake Tswei
Xianshan Bridge over Lake Tswei at the corner of Zhongshan Park. Sun Zhongshan is the popular Chinese name for Dr. Sun

 

Across it, another Taipei attraction was rising- the Taipei Dome Complex. It’s something to look forward to check out on the next trip to the city.

The dome, a modern ovate edifice constructed in steel, provides a stark contrast to the 70’s building of the National Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, which highlights Chinese architectural details as instructed by President Chiang Kai-shek to architect Wang Ta-hung, whose design was selected among the other contest entries.

 

Chiang Kai-shek's funeral was held at the Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall in 1975
Designed by architect Wang Ta-hung, who won over other submitted contest entries. Chiang Kai-shek’s funeral was held here in 1975

 

It was the Taiwan government that initiated the construction of the memorial in 1964 to pay tribute to the Republic of China’s National Father. The following year, President Chiang Kai-shek officiated the groundbreaking ceremony.

 

Parts of the historical site - the SUnYat-sen Memorial Hall & the Taipei Dome
Old & new. The memorial hall & Taipie Dome are parts of the historical site

 

In 1972, the 29,464 square-meter memorial building was completed with Sun Yat-sen’s statue dominating the entrance hall. It’s in this hall that the hourly formal changing of the guards transpires, another tourist attraction, and where Chiang’s funeral was held in 1975.

 

At the entrance of the memorial hall ois the statue of Sun Yat-sen
The statue of Republic of China’s National Father, Sun Yat-sen, dominating the main entrance of the hall

 

Changing of the guards happens every hour
An hourly tribute to a great man

 

A tourist highlight of Sun Yat-sen memorial hall-the changing of the gurards
The changing of the guards

 

The changing of the guards attract the tourists
Tourists flock to witness the changing of the guards

 

Within the building are exhibit halls that display materials about Sun’s life and the Xinhai Revolution, a library, performance and lecture halls, a multimedia theatre and an audio-visual center.

 

The exhibition room at the Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall
A glimpse of Dr. Sun Yat-sen’s past

 

Script of the Fundamentals of National Reconstruction
Fundamentals of National Reconstruction

 

Display on the On the wall of "The Pioneer of Democratic Republic"
On the wall of “The Pioneer of Democratic Republic”

 

Sun Yat-sen composite sculpture for a monument
Composite sculpture of the great man’s monument are on put on display case of “Legacies of Dr. Sun Yat-sen”

 

More than an educational center (the Memorial Hall became part of the Ministry of Education in 1986), it also opened its doors to social and cultural events like the annual Golden Horse Film Festival and Awards, Taiwan’s highest movie award ceremony.

 

The memorial halls West Exhibition room
The West Dr. Sun Yat-sen’s History Exhibition Room

 

To get there: Nearest MRT station is the Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall.

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Also published in the SunStar Davao newspaper.

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