Located just next to The Grand Hotel in northern Taipei, is the National Revolutionary Martyr’s Shrine. This is a memorial hall built in 1969 to commemorate the war dead of the Republic of China. Inside the main hall houses the spirtual tablets honouring the 390,000 persons (approximate figure) killed during the various wars in the region that has shaped the histories of both the Republic of China and the People’s Republic of China. It is a solemn place, so do remember to take off your hats and to speak silently when around the main hall.
View of the main hall from the front gates.
Getting to the National Revolutionary Martyr’s Shrine, my wife and I basically walked 15 minutes east of The Grand Hotel on Bei-an road. It is recommended to talk to one of the hotel staff at The Grand Hotel to show you the pathway that will lead to the shrine, should you decide to walk from the hotel.
One of the main highlights of the shrine is the changing of the honour guards that takes place every hour on the hour, with the last one around 4:40 pm. It is a very intense procession that takes place, where the group of guards will march from the main hall to the front gates to switch to the new set of guards that will be on duty. The uniforms of the guards have two versions, a blue uniform, or a white uniform. My wife and I were lucky enough to just catch the very last procession of the day during our visit. It was indeed a very intriguing visit.
The procession just starting, with the guards marching from the main hall.
The honour guards.
Getting into formation.
Look at the intensity in their eyes.
Spinning their rifles.
Preparing for the final march.
The last few steps to the front gate.
After years of marching by the guards on the same path, eventually left a noticeable trail.
The main hall.
Closeup of the main hall. In this picture, you can kind of see the spiritual tablet housed inside.
One of the guards on duty. The guards were standing so still that they were not even blinking at all.
Myself trying to get creative in this picture.
View of the front gate, as seen from the main hall.
One of the many Taiwan flags on display. It was just a few more days before Taiwan’s National Day, which was held on October 10.
Location map of the National Revolutionary Martyr’s Shrine (highlighted in red box), just east of The Grand Hotel (highlighted in blue box).
Visitor’s Information to the National Revolutionary Martyr’s Shrine:
Address: No. 139 Bei-an Road, Taipei, Taiwan
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday, and Sunday – 9:00am to 5:00pm
Getting There: Take a taxi from Jiantan MRT station, or from Yuanshan MRT station
or, take free shuttle bus from Yuanshan MRT station to The Grand Hotel, then walk 15 minutes east on Bei-an Road (ask for directions at The Grand Hotel).
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