Observe the hourly changing of the guard ceremony at the impressive National Revolutionary Martyrs' Shrine, a palace-like complex built in 1969 to commemorate deaths of nearly 400,000 soldiers, who perished serving the Republic of China against the Japanese Imperial Army and during the Civil War from 1911 to 1958. With most of the victims born in mainland China, the shrine was inspired by Beijing’s Forbidden City, and was also the funeral site of Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek’s son. Located on the scenic Mount Ching, overseeing the Keelung River, the shrine makes a popular tourist spot, lying within walking distance of Dazhi station on the Taipei metro. PutNational Revolutionary Martyrs' Shrine into our Taipei trip itinerary builder app and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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National Revolutionary Martyrs' Shrine Reviews
Come here to see an elaborte guard charging ceremony, these take place every hour and last a good 15 minutes. It is quite incredible how synchronized the guards are. We arrived 20 minutes before to... more »
The mood is solemn as we visited this shrine. It is a good reminder to invest in learning history to avoid the mistakes of repeating it. Every hour you will have opportunity to see changing of the... more »
As the name suggests, it is more to represent the Republic of China of the mainland rather than the modern Taiwan. It represents as a memorial to what was the Armed Forces of the ROC during the wars against Japan, the Chinese Civil War, and the clashes that followed afterwards. It is done in the structure of a temple in which the memorial can be found at the extreme end of the temple complex. It is guarded by a ceremonial guard that has an hourly change that can be followed from one end of the complex to the other. There are pagodas that flank the courtyard and also has supporting buildings. Taking a bus is advised as it is not on a Metro line and would require a significant walk from the nearest station.
Very impressive building. We witnessed the changing of the guards, which is worth it. So do come at the full hour (or earlier so you can make your ear to the main building). Not that easy to get here, but I recommend taking a cab from the next MRT station. Also: the main shrine was closed due to construction.
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