National Revolutionary Martyrs' Shrine, Zhongshan District

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Observe the hourly changing of the guard ceremony at the impressive National Revolutionary Martyrs' Shrine, a palace-like complex built in 1969 to commemorate deaths of nearly 400,000 soldiers, who perished serving the Republic of China against the Japanese Imperial Army and during the Civil War from 1911 to 1958. With most of the victims born in mainland China, the shrine was inspired by Beijing’s Forbidden City, and was also the funeral site of Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek’s son. Located on the scenic Mount Ching, overseeing the Keelung River, the shrine makes a popular tourist spot, lying within walking distance of Dazhi station on the Taipei metro. Put National Revolutionary Martyrs' Shrine into our Taipei trip itinerary builder app and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • Many bus and taxi was stopped at one of the tourist attractions. I went in the route bus. You could watch without waiting time begins when better soldier Abby did so. In perfect order and training and wonderful it is.
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  • Just in time without so much specifically to see the guards saw the guard "ritual". Theft and awesome stuck in one-hour shifts and then it is revealed without great and not mess around with excellent prayer
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  • Changing of the guard is very great. Taipei is a recommended spot. Still the same guard is about one hour is in standby. It's hard to do.
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  • Very cool place to visit. Try to catch the changing of the guard which happens every hour. The guards walk from one end to the other end and then back again. Don’t try walking to this location! It’s a very long and boring walk. Better to catch a ride. Very nice photo opportunities.
  • Great historical location. It's larger than life. If you have a chance, do make it a point to witness the changing of the guard. Truly a spectacle to behold
  • Every hour, the soldiers change position with who is manning the gates at the front and inside at the temple. I would get here about 30 minutes before the hour to ensure you get a good spot to photograph the soldiers on duty. When the soldiers move, they sport impressive choreography. Each solider works at the temple for a year, and then their duties are done. Most soldiers seem young, about 23-28 years old. There is a visitors lounge with free hot/warm/cold water and plenty of seating. It is located to the right of the entrance and before you hit the bathrooms. No soap at the bathrooms but there is toilet paper. Temple is free to visit. When the soldiers move, they have about 3 guardsmen ensuring the crowd does not get too close to them. You can see the worn path from the walking of the soldiers, in a completely straight line from the entrance to the back temple. Just be mindful when you are photographing them, it can get exciting to see and you may not notice where your steps are. Run ahead or stay behind to get some unique shots of the soldiers. Last exchange happens right before 5PM. Temple closes shortly after.
  • A wonderful place to visit in Zhongshan Taipei. Easily accessible by bus from Taipei main station and by bicycle from Yuanshan area. Lucky to catch the guard changing ceremony which last for approx 15 min. Later came to know it happens in every hour. It's really beautiful. I visited this place on a week day. Not crowded. Well maintained, charming and peaceful place. I had a great time. Plenty of parking places are there and restroom is just inside the main entrance.
  • Educational. Soldiers take turns for duty from the air force, navy and army. Our tour guide, Mr Huang, shared a touching story of a selfless young school teacher who was scheduled to get married, gave up her life to save her young students from a burning coach. And she is one of those in the shrine, remembered for her heroic acts.
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