Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial in Taipei

Metro map - We are here! 

Another notation of being at the MRT / metro Chiang-Kai Shek stop. This is on the wall the train zips past on the subway. Elaborate, no? 

We arrived to Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial on an overcast afternoon but ended up only getting modest sprinkles of rain. 

This made for plenty of time to wander around the plaza, observing the architecture that is dedicated to Chiang Kai-Shek, former President of the Republic of China. 

Viking Bear was thoroughly impressed with the massive buildings. The buildings with red pillars that stand opposite of each other are the National Concert Hall and the National Theatre. There are markings noting these on the front.  

And this big white building is the memorial proper to Chiang Kai-Shek: 

Statue of Chiang Kai-Shek inside the big white building. While the background of this historic figure is something I need to investigate further into, one interesting (and random) fact I'm aware of his that his birthday was 31 October which is Halloween and Nevada Day in the United States, honoring the territory of Nevada becoming a state back in 1864.

Decorated guards stand watch over the statute. I've heard about a changing of the guards, but did not witness this during our visit to the monument. 

We had a wonderful time waking around this historic square taking pictures and enjoying the monument plus the other impressive buildings and structures. We even offered to take photos for two sweet Korean girls and then they took photos for us, too. Plus, a group of local school girls came running up to me asking to take photos with me, so we had some group shots together, hehe. 

Photos by Jules @ Quirky Wanderlust