Taiwan Tidbits: Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall

Welcome to the second edition of my new weekly series , Taiwan Tidbits (formerly Taiwan Tuesday) where I share a bit about where I'm from - the beautiful island of Taiwan. Today, I continue sharing photos from my own archive - these are from November 2004. 

Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall is dedicated to former president, Chiang Kai-Shek and one of the most famous landmarks in Taiwan.

I've visited the memorial several times in years past and am always mesmerized by the ornate details in the architecture - from the main gates to the Hall itself. The blue and white colors featured throughout the structures symbolize freedom and equality and make sight-seeing on the grounds quite serene.

It is a bit of a hike to the top - I didn't know this little fact before writing up this post, but there are 89 steps to the top of the memorial, representing Chiang-Kai Shek's age when he died.

Once you reach the top, you'll be greeted by a towering bronze statue of Chiang Kai-Shek, reminiscent of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C.

The National Theater and National Concert Hall share the same grounds as the CKS Memorial Hall. Sadly, I've never been inside either of those gorgeous buildings. Add them to my never-ending list of places to visit in Taiwan...

Be sure to soak in the view of the lovely gardens while standing at the top of the steps. These last two photos are my favorite from this trip - it feels as if you've been transported someplace magical. 

There are man-made ponds, gardens and walking paths throughout the memorial, so definitely allow time for exploring... and, for feeding the fish!