Monday, February 27, 2012

National Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall

This Memorial Hall which is located at Ren-ai Road, Taipei, is built to commemorate Dr. Sun Yat-sen as the founding father of the Republic of China. The main structure of the Memorial Hall was completed on May 16, 1972.

National Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall (South and West entrance)*

Statue of Dr. Sun Yat-sen (in front of West entrance)*

National Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall (North entrance)*

Situated on the first floor of the hall is the Bronze Statue of Dr. Sun Yat-sen. It has a total height of 8.9 meters and a total weight of 16.7 tons. A popular attraction here is the formal changing of the guards. The Army, Navy and Air Force take turns to serve as honor guards.

 Bronze Statue of Dr. Sun Yat-sen with an Honor Guard*

Dr. Sun Yat-sen History Rooms are also located on the first floor. The East Room displays the document related with Dr. Sun Yat-sen founding the Republic of China. While the West Room shows the documents related to Dr. Sun Yat-sen and Taiwan.

Dr. Sun Yat-sen History Room*


On the second floor of the hall is where the Chungshan Natioanl Gallery is at. It often holds significant international and national exhibitions.

Chungshan National Gallery*

Chungshan National Gallery*

Another two galleries are placed on the third floor which are De-ming Gallery and Yat-sen Gallery. Yat-sen Gallery holds joint displays of art association.

 De-ming Gallery*

Yat-sen Gallery

More galleries are on the basement floor which includes Jih-hsin Gallery, Tswei-xi Gallery. Tswei-heng Gallery and Tzai-chih Exhibition Room. Aside from these galleries, this hall houses an auditorium which has a seating capacity of 2500. It is the largest concert hall in Taiwan.

View of Taipei 101 from National Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall*

National Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall is open everyday from 9 am to 9 pm, except on the eve and on the first day of Lunar New Year as well as during electrical maintenance days. Admission is also free.

*Photos by Tet de Leon

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