The National Revolutionary Martyrs’ Shrine in Taipei’s Zhongshan District is dedicated to all those who have died in the service of the Republic of China since its inception in 1911. The elegant and extravagant memorial is a popular attraction for its intricate guard-changing ceremony and peaceful atmosphere.
The shrine has nearly 390,000 spirit tablets devoted to the men and women who gave their lives during the revolution which saw an end to 2,000 years of monarchy rule in China and those who have since died to protect the initially very delicate democratic state. This includes those killed during the 1911 Revolution, the Second Sino-Japanese War (which was a part of the Second World War), and the Chinese Civil War which led to the split between the Republic of China in Taiwan and the People’s Republic of China on the mainland, as well as subsequent crises.
The National Revolutionary Martyrs’ Shrine was built in 1969 and consists of a number of large, traditionally-styled structures and a central square, which is the home of an hourly ceremony when the military police guard is changed. The smartly-dressed soldiers with their black rifles and bright helmets are a popular attraction for tourists and locals, much like the royal guards around Buckingham Palace in London
The shrine is set in the middle of over 33,000sqm of grassland on a hillside to the north of the city, overlooking the Keelung River - a peaceful location for quiet contemplation. Naturally, this puts it a little bit off the MRT routes, with the nearest stop being Dazhi Station on the Brown (1) Line, which is 1.5 km (about a 20 minute walk) to the east. Buses 247 and 287 both stop right outside. Entrance is free.
- Opening Hours: 09:00 – 17:00
- Location: No. 139, Bei’an Road, Zhongshan
- Tel: +886 (0)2 2885 4162