Built on a green hillside in 1969, the impressive National Martyrs’ Shrine was architecturally inspired by the Hall of Supreme Harmony in Beijing’s Forbidden City. It is typical of the northern ‘palace style’ architecture popularised during Chiang Kai-shek’s reign. The shrine is dedicated to the 390,000 soldiers killed in the service of their country during the War of Resistance against Japan and the civil war between the Chinese Republican and communist forces.Each spring and autumn, the president of Taiwan leads both civil and military officials in a public worship, while leaders from Taiwan’s befriended countries come and pay floral tribute.
The Honor Guard
What makes a visit to The National Revolutionary Martyrs’ Shrine most memorable is the hourly ceremony for the changing of the honor guard in front of the main gate.The ceremonial changing of the guard attracts a large audience.Tourists alike are amazed at this display of composure and flock to see the ceremonial changing of the guards.This ceremony occurs on the hour between 9:00 in the morning and 4:00 in the afternoon. There is no fee for visitors.
National Martyrs’ Shrine
[臺北忠烈祠/Táiběi zhōngliè cí]
-Located in:North Taiwan
-Highly recommend to: Historical Enthusiasts
-Address:No. 139, Bei-an Rd., Zhongshan Dist., Taipei City Taiwan
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