To commemorate the national founding father Dr. Sun Yat-Sen’s and his unparalleled morality, and revolutionary conducts and to promote Dr. Sun Yat-Sen’s doctrine, in 1964 the Republic government began drafting the building of National Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, which would not only served to provide a place of remembrance for all to emulate the national founding father, but would also encompassed the functions of cultural and artistic education, leisurely recreation and academic research.
When first inaugurated, the memorial hall was primarily used for exhibiting Dr. Sun Yat-sen’s revolutionary artifacts, as well as hosting some exhibitions and performances.It currently serves as a multifunctional, social educational and cultural center. It houses an internationally renowned national performance hall, expansive elegant and esthetic exhibition venues that measure several thousands of square feet, a projection room with an innovative setup, lecture hall, the Chung Shan lecture hall, professional library with more than 40,000 books, as well as the tranquil and Emerald Pond exhibition/performance area and Chung Shan Park.
The hall and its surrounding gardens occupy an entire city block. The latter are well used by picnickers, kite flyers, breakdancers and the early morning taichi crowd, while the cavernous interior serves as a cultural centre with regular exhibitions and performances. There’s a large, though sparsely informative, museum on the life of Sun Yat-sen, the founder of modern China.The elaborate changing of the guards, with their extremely shiny boots, takes place every hour.
Though designed in a similar palace style as the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, this hall (finished earlier, in 1972) is largely considered a decent piece of architecture, blending modernity with tradition without a fetish for ‘classical’ decorative features.
Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall
-Located in:North Taiwan
-Highly recommend to:History Enthusiasts
-Address:No.505, Sec.4, Ren-ai Rd., Taipei