Liberty Square in Taipei

Published by Antonio Tajuelo

 

Liberty Square in Taipei

One of the most impressive and beautiful places that you can find in Taipei, the capital city of Taiwan, is Liberty Square. It is an enormous square of more than 240,000 square meters that holds four important buildings:

- Gate of Great Centrality and Perfect Uprightness

- National Theater

- National Concert Hall

- Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall

This square is the most important point for public meetings and events in the city of Taipei.

Liberty Square in Taipei

In order to get to Liberty Square I took the metro ^^. Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall is the right station to go out. This metro station is very integrated into the architecture of this place. It doesn't even seem like a metro station from the outside!

Liberty Square in Taipei

Exit number 5 is perfect for visiting Liberty Square and its buildings.

Liberty Square in Taipei
Liberty Square in Taipei

During the day I saw many visitors from Taiwan and other parts of Asia.

Liberty Square in Taipei

Map of the points of interest inside Liberty Square.

Liberty Square in Taipei
Liberty Square in Taipei

Sign showing some prohibitions. I'm very surprised about the "don't fly kites" sign!

Liberty Square in Taipei

The first of the buildings I saw is the National Theater.

Liberty Square in Taipei
Liberty Square in Taipei

The construction of National Theater was completed in 1987, also like National Concert Hall, as they are twin buildings. Its a very beautiful example of Chinese architecture buildings.

Liberty Square in Taipei
Liberty Square in Taipei
Liberty Square in Taipei

On the left, the National Theater. On the right, the National Concert Hall. In the background, far away, you can also see Shin King Life Tower.

Liberty Square in Taipei

View of Liberty Square. One of the most impressive things is that the floor is completely clean, as most of Taiwan ^^.

Liberty Square in Taipei

Photo for memories ^^. We were lucky because of the good weather.

Liberty Square in Taipei

Danbo taking photos to itself in the middle of Liberty Square. From this point you can see the most important buildings. In the background, the Nacional Concert Hall.

Liberty Square in Taipei

Here is Danbo in front of Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall.

Liberty Square in Taipei

And last, Danbo also took a photo of itself with the Gate of Great Centrality and Perfect Uprightness.

Liberty Square in Taipei

Another more picture for the memories ^^.

Liberty Square in Taipei

The gate of the square is really huge and spectacular. It is 30 meters tall and 80 meters wide.

Liberty Square in Taipei

Detail of the five arcs from the gate.

Liberty Square in Taipei
Liberty Square in Taipei
Liberty Square in Taipei
Liberty Square in Taipei
Liberty Square in Taipei
Liberty Square in Taipei

View of the National Concert Hall.

Liberty Square in Taipei
Liberty Square in Taipei
Liberty Square in Taipei
Liberty Square in Taipei
Liberty Square in Taipei

Around of the main area of the square there are a lot of beautiful gardens and parks.

Liberty Square in Taipei
Liberty Square in Taipei
Liberty Square in Taipei
Liberty Square in Taipei

I found a carp food vending machine next to the pond! :D

Liberty Square in Taipei

Each food pack is NT $10 (which is 0.25€), so I could not resist to buy one ^^.

Liberty Square in Taipei
Liberty Square in Taipei

This is the carp food pack.

Liberty Square in Taipei

Views of the pond and the bridge ^^.

Liberty Square in Taipei
Liberty Square in Taipei

Feeding the carps in the pond!

In Spain almost all carps are dark gray. In Asia, I saw many carps with colored skins, specially red and golden.

Liberty Square in Taipei
Liberty Square in Taipei

In addition to carps, other animals came here for food too ^^.

Liberty Square in Taipei

An aquatic bird that I don't know which species it belongs to >__<.

Liberty Square in Taipei

Pigeon eating carp food.

Liberty Square in Taipei

Detail of the bridge over the pond.

Liberty Square in Taipei

Next, some photos from the visitors and tourists I found at Liberty Square.

Liberty Square in Taipei
Liberty Square in Taipei
Liberty Square in Taipei
Liberty Square in Taipei
Liberty Square in Taipei

The main space of Liberty Square is over 1 kilometer long and at the end you can find the main building, Chiang Kai-shek City Hall.

Liberty Square in Taipei

Chiang Kai-shek is a very important historic character in Taiwan.

For giving you some context, Taiwan is a country that has been founded very recently, during the Twentieth Century. Upon China Civil War, between 1927 and 1950, members of Kuomintang (Nationalist China Party) leaded by Chiang Kai-shek battled against the China Communist Party members. Nationalist Chinese were defeated and they escaped from mainland China to Taiwan island, where they established Taipei as the provisional capital city for Republic of China (they intended to recover the control over mainland China). Meanwhile, Mao Tse-tung established People's Republic of China in mainland China under a communist order.

Even thought it is a little confusing, People's Republic of China is what we know today as China, while Republic of China is what we usually know as Taiwan.

Liberty Square in Taipei

Chiang Kai-shek was the president of Taiwan between 1950 and 1975, when he died and the country started a transition process from a unique party govern into a modern democracy. In 1980, during the fifth anniversary of Kuomintang leader, this great memorial hall was built.

Liberty Square in Taipei
Liberty Square in Taipei
Liberty Square in Taipei
Liberty Square in Taipei
Liberty Square in Taipei
Liberty Square in Taipei
Liberty Square in Taipei

You can visit Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall between 9 and 18h.

Liberty Square in Taipei

Inside the building there is a huge bronze statue of Chiang Kai-shek, next to two big Taiwan flags, guarded by two guards

Liberty Square in Taipei
Liberty Square in Taipei
Liberty Square in Taipei

Detail of the building ceiling.

Liberty Square in Taipei

Tourist taking a photograph of the hall guard.

Liberty Square in Taipei
Liberty Square in Taipei

I hope that you have enjoyed this walk as much as I did!

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