Details of the Taipei landmark

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 10 May, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 10 May, 2007, 12:00am

Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall was built in memory of late Nationalist, or Kuomintang, leader Chiang Kai-shek, who died in April 1975. Construction began in October 1976 and the memorial was opened to the public in April 1980.

Before construction, architects from Taiwan and abroad were invited to design the memorial. Taiwanese architect Yang Cho-cheng's design was chosen on the grounds that his design concepts were able to express the spirit of Chinese culture.

Construction of the memorial fell into two phases, with the main body of the hall, gardens, pavilion, verandah and related sites being built in the first stage, and an opera house, concert hall and an underground car park completed in 1987.

The complex occupies 250,000 square metres. The hall has a blue octagonal roof and a white marble body, surrounded by traditional Chinese-style walls in the outer area, and a huge arch as the structure's front entrance.

The memorial

has a display room with exhibits of clothing worn by Chiang and historical documents and photographs. It also has a lecture hall, two art galleries and other function rooms.