Compared to the Chiang Kai Shek Memorial, the Dr Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall in Taipei is more down to earth and less flashy. The Memorial Hall is dedicated to Dr Sun Yat Sen, who is regarded as the revolutionary founding father of the People’s Republic of China (Mainland China), and the Republic of China (Taiwan). Even the communist government in Mainland China give full credit to Dr Sun Yat Sen as its founding father, as without Sun Yat Sen, there would have been no revolution to bring down the former Qing Dynasty in China.
A trip to the Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall is an excellent place to visit enroute to the Taipei 101 tower. It is easily accessible via the Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall MRT station. The place was built in 1972 on what would have been Dr Sun Yat Sen’s 100’th birthday. The Sun Yat Sen Memorial area is surrounded by a beautiful park, sculpted with monuments, gardens, and a large public fountain.
Side entrance to Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall.
Sun Yat Sen Memorial – gardens with monuments and statues.
Statue of Dr Sun Yat Sen at the memorial park outside the memorial hall building.
Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park.
Chinese inscriptions commemorating Dr Sun Yat Sen outside of the memorial hall.
That’s me and Dr Sun Yat Sen – a national hero!
As you walk around the gardens outside of the memorial hall, you can also catch a great view of Taipei 101 in the background. It was quite an awesome view from the memorial hall, so I had to take some pics of it!
More pics of Taipei 101 from the Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall.
More pics of Taipei 101.
Taipei 101 near the public fountain at the Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park.
As you walk inside the actual memorial hall building, you will see the main bronze statue of Dr Sun Yat Sen, which is very similar in size as the bronze statue of Chiang Kai Shek at the Chiang Kai Shek Memorial. In addition to that, the Sun Yat Sen Memorial building houses a free exhibit documenting the life of Dr Sun Yat Sen and his struggles and accomplishments in leading the revolution against the Chinese dynastic rule. It was quite a fascinating exhibit.
The bronze statue of Dr Sun Yat Sen inside the memorial hall building.
The view of the public garden, as seen from the bronze statue of Dr Sun Yat Sen.
So there you have it, a quick tour around the Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall. It is a great stop over before you head out to the Taipei 101 tower, which is within walking distance from the memorial hall.
Visitor’s Information to Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall:
Nearest MRT: Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall MRT station
Address: No.505, Sec. 4, Ren’ai Rd., Xinyi Dist., Taipei City 110, Taiwan
Opening hours: 09:00-17:00 daily
Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall location map.
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