Saturday, November 1, 2014

Taiwan Trip - Playing with Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall

The sun rose again but we let ourselves not to rush. We took our time. Mom and Ah Yi went for breakfast while I waited in the room.

We took the MRT from Shuanglian Station to Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall Station. 4 stations and taa daa, we were there. We followed the sign, walked out of the underground station and found ourselves in China.

Yes, China.

Chinese gate. Chinese gate guardians. Chinese ornaments. Jade.

This is the MRT exit. Even Chinese Garden MRT in Singapore is not like this.

We walked and saw a gigantic square with three buildings at three borders. Two red colour buildings and one blue colour building.

The two red colour buildings are National Theatre and National Concert Hall
The gigantic gate
Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall with its gigantic square

Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall was built as a memorial to late President Chiang Kai Shek. The idea was voiced up when he passed away in 1975. In 1976, together with his birthday, the ground breaking ceremony was carried out followed by construction. It was officially opened in 1980, five years after his death.

The roof of the memorial hall was designed in a shape of octagon to represent the lucky number 8. Two sets of staircase with 89 steps to symbolize the age when he passed away. The ground level was designed and utilized as a library and document room while the second level for main hall.

Of course we climbed! I mean Mom and I. Ah Yi just stayed at the square because she said it was booooooooring (with eight 'o' as a symbol of fortune)
The structure of the memorial hall
What you can expect from the top. For me it's beautiful. God is doing His work through humans.
The main hall with Chiang Kai Shek Statue

Chiang Kai Shek was a nationalist while Mao Zedong was a communist. Chiang Kai Shek was loved by the US but hated by the communist in China. They were from two different ends and they fought a long war. With its defeated army, Chiang Kai Shek fled to Taiwan and saved it from Mao Zedong. That's one of the reasons why Chiang Kai Shek was so well loved in Taiwan.

We ended our historical trip and moved on to the next destination by walking.

Love is in the air,
Little Feet

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