Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall and the Changing of the Guard in Taipei - Tips and 9 Facts
Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall and the Changing of the Guard in Taipei - Tips and 9 Facts

Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall and the Changing of the Guard in Taipei - Tips and 9 Facts


When Is the Best Time

The Chiang Kai-shek changing of the guard is the top ceremony in Taipei and Taiwan. It is a popular attraction for visitors and residents alike. The guard change ceremonies at the CKS Memorial Hall take place in front of the bronze statue at the beginning of the hour. But all this must also be viewed critically. Why? Who was Chiang Kai-shek? There were controversial discussions recently, and it is unclear if the statue will be removed. More details are in my 9 Facts below.

5 soldiers at the guard changing in the Memorial Hall
The bronze statue is 6.3 m tall - weight 21.25 tons

If you wish to see the ceremony, it would be best if you arrived at least 15 minutes before as long it continues. This will ensure that you get a place in the first row. Check out more details below about opening times, busy times, crowds, how to get there, and most fascinating are the details and meanings of the memorial hall.

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The changing of the guard at the beginning.

Opening Hours and Crowds

The hall is open from 9 am until 6 pm, but the guard change takes place from 9 am to 5 pm each hour in total nine times daily. The hall is closed on Chinese New Year's Eve, Chinese New Year and maintenance days.

The memorial hall and the park are two of the main attractions for tourists, residents, and guided tours in Taipei. If you wish to experience the ceremony with fewer people, you must arrive early in the morning for the first changing of the guard at 9 am. In general, avoid weekends because many Taiwanese people also visit the location. The beautiful Memorial Park opens daily from 05:00 am to 12:00 pm.

Peak Season in Taiwan

The CKS Memorial Hall is full of visitors after the guard change
Many tourists and guided groups watch the guard change.

If possible, avoid the summer months (July and August) and around Chinese New Year (late January or early February) when the sky is the limit for hotel prices, accommodations are often fully booked, and many places are overrun. 

The Ceremony

These three soldiers were released from the guard after one hour.
It is an incredible ceremony when the guards change after each hour. 

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 when entering the hall.  They march to a silent beat as their arms swing forward and their legs raise in perfect harmony. 

A guard with his riffle stands motionless on the platform
What a tough job; they absolutely standstill.

The new guards and the remaining perform a series of rifle movements before they change place. When the ceremony is finished, the newly replaced guards will stand motionless on the platforms until the next full hour. A person will correct their uniform to ensure a perfect outfit.

How to Get to Chiang Kai-shek (CKS) by Metro?

Taipei Metro

Travelling around Taipei is best with the metro (MRT) green and red lines. The closest station is Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hal. It takes at least one hour to get from the airport to the Chiang Kai-shek metro station by public transport. Taipei is much bigger than I expected, with almost 3 million residents. Google Maps Location CKS Memorial Hall

The MRT Line to Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall
The different stops to the Memorial Hall - Map high resolution

However, if you would like to visit some attractions in Taipei, like the TWTC 101 and the Elephant Mountain Hill we highly recommend staying close to the city centre. 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.  

9 Facts and History About the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall

The Memorial Hall and the 3 Principles of the People
The Memorial Hall was planned and built after he died in 1975.

The entire memorial hall complex has a meaning; all details were built with purpose. It is an exceptional masterpiece representing tradition and human beings' values.

  1. The memorial hall was built after Chiang Kai-shek died in 1975 and opened publicly in 1980.
  2. The Memorial Hall is 70 m high and was designed by the famous architect Yang Cho-cheng.
  3. The building is styled in blue and white. These colours represent the national emblem, which is part of the Taiwanese flag with the blue sky and the white sun.
  4. 89 steps lead up to the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall entrance - President Chiang passed away at 89 years.
  5. "The 3 Principles of the People", written by Chiang: Ethics, Democracy, Science, are engraved on the marble wall behind the massive statue. The purpose of living on this planet is to improve the lives of all. What a wonderful message in today's times with wars and threats, but the history behind it is profound.
  6. The bronze statue of Chiang is 6.3 m tall and weighs 21.25 tons. But there are debates about removing the statue. Chiang is also a controversial figure in Taiwan. Decades after his death, the country has still not come to terms with the dictatorship.
  7. On the one hand, he is an anti-communist, and he is praised for his stand against communism. He fled from mainland China to the island of Taiwan.
  8. Now, some say he was a hero who liberated them from Japanese colonial rule and those who say Chiang was a murderer who does not deserve that respect.
  9. Why: Martial Law was active from 1949 until July 1987. Do you wish to know more about this topic? There is an interesting article by Charlie Croft in Oxford's oldest student newspaper.

Top Accommodation Tips

Papersun Hotel - breakfast room - fresh roasted coffee beans

Taipei is the capital city of Taiwan, with an estimated population of almost three million people. Choosing the perfect location for a visit to Taipei is essential. For example, if you stay close to the airport, you may need a minimum of 1 1/2 hours with public transport to get to the Xiangshan metro station red line or Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall. Therefore, staying in the city centre close to these attractions makes sense.

  • We recommend the Dandy Hotel-Daan Park Branch with an excellent location. Breakfast is provided, and there are many outstanding restaurants within walking distance. 
  • On our second visit, we chose the Papersun in Shilin, which is close to the Red Line, the Shilin Night Market, and the Huarong Day Market. For us, it was ideal and quietly located where breakfast was included. They prepare an excellent coffee for you with self-roasted coffee beans in the afternoon (picture above). These rooms are newly renovated former dormitory rooms.
  • Folio Daan Taipei; The hotel has an excellent location with restaurants nearby. The rooms are spacious and comfortable, some even with a balcony. An airport shuttle is available. The Daan metro station is right around the corner. 

Taipei Weather

View to the immense huge Chian-Kai-shek Memorial Hall from the distance
This is the impressive Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall.

From April until October, temps can be unpleasant and hot with high humidity in the daytime. In summer, day temps are around 30°C, and in winter (Dec. to Feb.), around 20°C, while nights are cold below 10°C. Most precipitation occurs from May to September, but a dry season does not exist. The driest months are November to January/February, with less rainfall. The northeast and the southwest monsoons influence the climate. The northeast monsoon season lasts from October until March, and the southwest from May until September. During the monsoon season, typhoons occur, and Taiwan gets hit annually from July to September.

The Best Taipei Tours 

Are you in Taipei just for a day or a weekend? This megacity is huge, and it takes much time to get from one place to the other by metro (MRT). Take a local guide with a private car and explore much more of Taipei in one day. You will not miss the most exciting sights and learn much about this breathtaking city.

All tours combine Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall with other highlights. These are my recommended tours via GetYourGuide with a 24-hour advance cancellation policy. Thx for booking via my website! With your support, I am able to provide all the information first-hand. Tour prices are at no extra cost!

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Location and Tips


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 colours 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.

Ponds in the park at the memorial hall
The park around the memorial hall is a habitat for birds in central Taipei.

Overall, the architectural concept combines traditional Chinese thought and commemorative meaning. Since I have been deeply immersed in the history of Chiang Kai-shek and Taiwan, I am irritated by this memorial hall. I suppose; a new concept for it needs to be considered.

The National Theatre and Concert Hall next to Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall
The view from the memorial hall.

Apart from the main memorial hall, the National Theatre and National Concert Hall are located on the opposite side of the park. With various fine performances and exhibitions, these halls are significant to the art and culture of Taiwan.

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