The National Revolutionary Martyrs' Shrine (Chinese: 國民革命忠烈祠; pinyin: Guómín Gémìng Zhōngliècí) is a shrine in Zhongshan District, Taipei, Taiwan, dedicated to the war dead of the Republic of China.
Built on Chingshan Mountain and overseeing the Keelung River in Taipei's Zhongshan District in 1969, the Martyrs' Shrine recalls the architecture of the Hall of Supreme Harmony in Beijing's Forbidden City. The structure houses the spirit tablets of about 390,000 persons killed, among other engagements, during the Xinhai Revolution, Northern Expedition, Second Sino-Japanese War, Chinese Civil War, and the First and Second Taiwan Strait Crises. A changing of the honor guard from the various branches of the Republic of China Military, similar to the rituals at the Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall and Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, take place at the shrine.
Pham Le Phu | Dec 12, 2017
Very cool place to visit. Try to catch the changing of the guard which happens every hour. The guards walk from one end to the other end and then back again. Don’t try walking to this location! It’s a very long and boring walk. Better to catch a ride. Very nice photo opportunities.
Bryan Smalley | Feb 13, 2018
Great historical location. It's larger than life. If you have a chance, do make it a point to witness the changing of the guard. Truly a spectacle to behold
Jenae Lien | Sep 25, 2017
Every hour, the soldiers change position with who is manning the gates at the front and inside at the temple. I would get here about 30 minutes before the hour to ensure you get a good spot to photograph the soldiers on duty. When the soldiers move, they sport impressive choreography. Each solider works at the temple for a year, and then their duties are done. Most soldiers seem young, about 23-28 years old. There is a visitors lounge with free hot/warm/cold water and plenty of seating. It is located to the right of the entrance and before you hit the bathrooms. No soap at the bathrooms but there is toilet paper. Temple is free to visit. When the soldiers move, they have about 3 guardsmen ensuring the crowd does not get too close to them. You can see the worn path from the walking of the soldiers, in a completely straight line from the entrance to the back temple. Just be mindful when you are photographing them, it can get exciting to see and you may not notice where your steps are. Run ahead or stay behind to get some unique shots of the soldiers. Last exchange happens right before 5PM. Temple closes shortly after.
Debalina G | Dec 18, 2017
A wonderful place to visit in Zhongshan Taipei. Easily accessible by bus from Taipei main station and by bicycle from Yuanshan area. Lucky to catch the guard changing ceremony which last for approx 15 min. Later came to know it happens in every hour. It's really beautiful. I visited this place on a week day. Not crowded. Well maintained, charming and peaceful place. I had a great time. Plenty of parking places are there and restroom is just inside the main entrance.
Justin Yeo | Jan 23, 2018
Educational. Soldiers take turns for duty from the air force, navy and army. Our tour guide, Mr Huang, shared a touching story of a selfless young school teacher who was scheduled to get married, gave up her life to save her young students from a burning coach. And she is one of those in the shrine, remembered for her heroic acts.
Pno Ens | Jun 2, 2018
One of the must-see place in Taipei. I’ve not been here since early 1980s. It was supposed to be a sacred and honorable memorial place for the passing soldiers who paid the ultimate price for the country. I was surprised too see a little boy soldier marching with the real ones. It was cute and bit amusing. But unsure of the purpose for displaying so or the necessity. It Definitely became a touristy location for loads of bus tourists. Maybe that’s one of the main reasons?!
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