One good place to visit in Taipei is the Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall.
The hall was recently renamed Taiwan National Democracy Memorial Hall, however, most of the maps still show its old name.
How do you get to Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall?
Option 1 – Take a taxi
If you have a hard time telling the taxi driver where you want to go, make sure you bring along a map so you can point to him where you want to go. Remember to point the Chinese Characters – ???????(your browser may not support Chinese Characters, anyway, your map
should provide you with the English and Chinese Characters). There are maps available on the Taipei Main Station.
Option 2 – Walk!
If you are in the Taipei Main Station, it will take you about half an hour to walk towards the Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall. As with option 1, let the map from the Taipei Main Station guide you. Quick Taiwan Tip: Always verify the street names with the Chinese Characters. Chinese Characters have different “English-pronounciations”, for example”chung” is the same as “zhong”, but the Chinese Character is the same – a rectangle, and a line from top to bottom dividing the rectangle (and extending outside the rectangle). This character means “center” in Mandarin.
Option 3 – The Taipei MRT
This is the easiest (and most practical) way to go to the Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall. From the Taipei Main Station, the MRT fare is 20NT$. The MRT map below shows the fare as well as the stations. From the Taipei Main Station (the “20″ inside the blue and red circle) you need to board a train that goes to XinDian (that’s the last station of the train). The Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall is the second station from the Taipei Main Station to XinDian. The trip should take less than 5 minutes. Once you get off the Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall Station, you should exit on Exit 5.
This should take you just right outside the Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall. You would immediately see the National Theater hall after getting off the escalator and turning to the entrance on the right.
Here’s another picture of the Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall (I took this one before they renamed the place so the Chinese characters on top of the
shrine is now different).