Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall (Liberty Square) – Visitors Guide

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Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall (Liberty Square) Overview

HoursMemorial Hall: 9 AM–6 PM (every day)
Memorial Park: 5 AM–12 AM (every day)
Admission PriceFree
Dress CodeNone
Address100, Taipei City, Zhongzheng District
Address (Chinese)100台北市中正區
Chinese NameCKS: 中正紀念堂
Liberty Square: 自由廣場
Date OpenedApril 5, 1980
Websitecksmh.gov.tw/en
Free Wi-Fi NetworkCKSMH Free WiFi

Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taiwan is a monument, built in memory of former leader of the Kuomintang (KMT), Chiang Kai-shek. It showcases the history and culture of Taiwan. History enthusiasts, architecture lovers, and travelers seeking cultural immersion should consider visiting.

The square’s official name is Liberty Square due to Chiang Kai-shek’s controversial history. However, most folks will still call it Chiang Kai-shek (CKS) Memorial Hall.

A photo of the entrance gate to the Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall in Taipei, Taiwan. The gate is grand and imposing, with tall white columns and a red roof.
Chiang Kai Shek Mem. Hall gate

How to get to Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall

The easiest way to get to Liberty Square is to take the Taipei subway Green or Red lines to Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall Station. Leave the station through Exit 5 and you’ll find yourself outside the National Theater—within the Memorial Hall Square.

Signage is clear and in English. You’ll have no trouble navigating.

You could rent a car and drive here. Then park in the parking garage.

Or you could rent a YouBike. It’s Taiwan’s bicycle rental system that doesn’t cost much. However, there aren’t any YouBike docking stations nearby the MRT station.


What to do in Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall

Here’s what I recommend doing in Liberty Square:

  • Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Park: Diverse ecosystem & a great place to walk around.
  • National Concert Hall: See whether there’s a concert happening.
  • National Theater: Check out whether it’s hosting live performances.
  • View the cherry blossoms: CKS has a mixture of Japanese-style & Taiwanese-style cherry blossoms.
    • Their flowering period begins around the first half of February.
  • Exhibitions: Artists & organizations will often host exhibitions in the plaza or inside the buildings.
  • Gift shop: Find Liberty Square souvenirs & spend money to your heart’s content.
    • I don’t recommend any specific souvenirs.

The changing of the guard and lowering/raising of the flag occur at these times—

Go inside the Memorial Hall at these times and watch the honor guards change every hour between 9 AM and 5 PM. For instance, they’ll change at 9 AM, 10 AM, etc.

Guards will change the flag in the middle of the plaza at these times:

Lowering or RaisingSummer Times (4/1–9/30)Winter Times (10/1–3/31)
Raising6 AM6:10 PM
Lowering6: 30 AM5: 10 PM
Flag-lowering/raising times at Liberty Square, Taipei.

Pay attention to the dates in the table. As the times the guards will lower and raise the flag will differ by season.

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