The Chiang Kai-shek memorial hall in Taiwan
I've got to admit, the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall wasn't on our original itinerary when we headed to Taiwan. I mean, with so much good food and night markets in the city, sight-seeing and historical attractions weren't exactly on our checklist.
As it turns out, we had a couple of hours in between tea at SEASON Artisan Pâtissier (sooo goood I tell you!) and dinner with a friend, so I decided to consult my trusty Lonely Planet guidebook on where we could go.
I know, with everything online these days, who still uses hardcopy travel guides right?
Thing is, I'm a traditionalist like that - there's just something about holding a book in your hands - and I wouldn't trade that for the world.
Anyway, the memorial hall and all its grandeur was really pretty impressive. From the huge compound, to the series of 88 steps (the age of Chiang when he died) up to the main hall, the surrounding Liberty Square and the extensive neo-classical architecture.
My TripAdvisor tip? Head there at 5pm so you make it in time for the elaborate flag-lowering ceremony at 5:10 pm and you'll also get to witness how the beauty of the place changes as the sun sets into dusk.
Quite a sight to remember, really.
CKS Memorial Hall
No.21, Zhongshan S.Rd.
Taipei City 10048, Taiwan (R.O.C)
Rest of my Taiwan travel diaries here