National Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall
No.505, Taipei, Taiwan
www.yatsen.gov.tw/en - 886-02-27588008
National Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall Taipei Reviews
Another huge memorial hall----- for the founding father Feb 07, 2017
Dr. Sun Yat-sen is considered is considered the founder of modern China and he was rewarded with a Memorial Hall which was built in 1972, on his 100th birthday. . Displays os his accomplishments can be found in the huge hall and often holds performances and exhibitions. Wang Ta-hung was the architect chosen by Chiang Kai Shek to design the building which focused on pan Chinese architecture (common at that time) which began in 1965. Up to 3,000 people can be seated in the hall and a nice feature is the long terrace that winds round the whole building.
Immediately across from the Memorial Hall on the eastern side there are two statues of Sun Yat-sen, one standing and one sitting surrounded by the gardens. Many locals like to have their photograph taken there, with the founding father of the Republic of China.
Wandering around the gardens that surround the Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall i came across 3 beautiful sculptures hidden between the trees. I am not sure if they represent anything during Sun Yat-sen's lifetime as there was no information in English except for the third one. The first photo shows young children climbing a rock, while the second one shows two children listening carefully to a young man while they are cooking. The third one did have a plaque and i am led to believe that this is a sculpture of Sun Yat-sen listening to a story from an old veteran (The heavenly kingdom of peace 1850-1864), a story abut resisting the Qing Dynasty. The story influenced the young Sun, eventually leading to the overthrow of the monarchy and establishing the first republic in Asia, the Republic of China.
The sculptor was Cao Chong-en
Sun Yat-sen sits in his memorial hall and is guarded by two representatives of either the Navy, Army or Air Force who take turns in supplying the men. The guards are on duty from 9 am to 5 pm and change shifts every hour. During their shift they stand motionless with their eyes slightly at an angle as they stare at Sun Yat-sen. The public are welcome to watch the changing of the guards at the top of each hour.
You can read more about the changing of the guards here. (although it is about the guards at Chiang Kai Shek memorial but it is the same procedure).
Inside the memorial hall there is a small museum which concentrates on the life of Sun Yat-sen and has many photographs of his life story and much more. I was in a bit of a rush as it was my last day in Taipei so i really did not have time to take a good look at the museum.
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National Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall Nov 06, 2014
This memorial is one of the popular tourist spots in Taipei. The building itself does not look so impressive, but the huge statue of Dr. Sun is quite a wow factor. There's a few art galleries, although I was not too impressed. The change of guards was a short one. Frankly speaking, I don't know why the changing of guards is always an 'attraction'? They just march and go. So?
The rooms portraying the history of Dr. Sun was very well arranged and worth a compliment. I absolutely love the Taiwanese flag on the ceiling. Another thing that amused me was the 'talking' Dr. Sun. They have life-size cardboard of him, but 'headless'. Once they turn on the projector behind, the head 'appears' exactly where it should, and it started talking. I took a video but unfortunately couldn't post it up here. Nicely done!
Dr. Sun was in Malaysia for a period of time and he had a base in Penang. I happen to visit this house when I was at the Heritage Trail,:
and it was more interesting as they preserved the real house, the real table, almost everything was 'real' and they even have a video about his life. To me, I find this 'original' base in Penang more interesting than this one in Taipei, cos in Taipei, it is just a memorial. Nevertheless, it is very well maintained.
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