Dr. Sun Yat-sen is Republic of China’s first president and founding father. He was a key person in overthrowing the last dynasty of China, leading to the democratic revolution and founding of the republic. Given how prominent he is in China’s history, it was only expected to see a commemorative place for him.
Having been to skyscrapers, cable cars and geological parks, this was the very first historical or commemorative place we visited. What truly amazed me is the sheer size of the place. Taipei is busy and fast-paced with establishments closely located in blocks (very NYC-like), and so it felt like being in a different city when we stepped in the open space surrounding the memorial hall.
The Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall and the open space around it from the 89th floor observatory area of Taipei 101.
The hall itself is around 30 thousand square meters and the open space is 115,000 square meters big. We literally can’t fit the hall in a photograph unless we walk more than half a kilometer from it. Or from the 89th floor of Taipei 101.
Unfortunately, we went in so late, already, the hall was closed and we didn’t get to see what’s inside. The place was already quiet aside from a group of young locals practicing dance. We had the open space and the beautiful display of flowers all to ourselves.
Group shots are askew as we only used our bags and umbrellas to support the camera. Resourcefulness!
Of course, what else do you do? Group shots and failed jump shots! And the case of giggles. Actually, thinking back, the fastest elevator may have tweaked something inside our brains that made us laugh at our own shallow jokes. Or you know, maybe it was exhaustion. Nevertheless, our trip to the memorial hall was short, overwhelming and inexplicably funny.
Cute dogs prance around the open space, occasionally sniffing our bags as we took our photos. The place provides plastic for dog poopies, promoting cleanliness around the area.
The blurred Taipei 101 from the memorial hall. In green lights, signifying that it’s Thursday! Know more about Taipei 101 here.
How To Get There
We actually took a taxi from Taipei 101 since Google maps suggests a 30 min walk to the memorial hall. I just learned later that we could’ve taken the MRT from Taipei 101, although, it seems more hassle than just taking a taxi.
From Taipei 101 MRT station:
1. Take the Tamsui-Xinyi line (red) towards Tamsui.
2. Alight at Daan station.
3. Switch lines and take the Wenhu line (golden brown) towards Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center.
4. Alight at Zhongxiao Fuxing.
5. Switch lines and take the Bannan line (blue) towards Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center.
6. Alight at Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall station.
If you are from anywhere else but Taipei 101, find your way to the Bannan line and follow steps 5 and 6.