Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall (Liberty Square) – Visitors Guide

Important Information

HoursMemorial Hall: 9 AM–6 PM (every day)
Memorial Park: 5 AM–12 AM (every day)
Admission PriceFree
Dress CodeNone
Address100, Taipei City, Zhongzheng District
Address (Chinese)100台北市中正區
Chinese NameCKS: 中正紀念堂
Liberty Square: 自由廣場
Date OpenedApril 5, 1980
Free Wi-Fi NetworkCKSMH Free WiFi

Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taiwan is a monument, built in memory of former leader of the Kuomintang (KMT), Chiang Kai-shek. It showcases the history and culture of Taiwan. History enthusiasts, architecture lovers, and travelers seeking cultural immersion should consider visiting.

The square’s official name is Liberty Square due to Chiang Kai-shek’s controversial history. However, most folks will still call it Chiang Kai-shek (CKS) Memorial Hall.

A photo of the entrance gate to the Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall in Taipei, Taiwan. The gate is grand and imposing, with tall white columns and a red roof.
Chiang Kai Shek Mem. Hall gate

How to Get There

The easiest way to get to Liberty Square is to take the Taipei subway Green or Red lines to Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall Station. Leave the station through Exit 5 and you’ll find yourself outside the National Theater—within the Memorial Hall Square.

Signage is clear and in English. You’ll have no trouble navigating.

You could rent a car and drive here. Then park in the parking garage.

Or you could rent a YouBike. It’s Taiwan’s bicycle rental system that doesn’t cost much. However, there aren’t any YouBike docking stations nearby the MRT station.

What to do

Here’s what I recommend doing in Liberty Square:

  • Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Park: Diverse ecosystem & a great place to walk around.
  • National Concert Hall: See whether there’s a concert happening.
  • National Theater: Check out whether it’s hosting live performances.
  • View the cherry blossoms: CKS has a mixture of Japanese-style & Taiwanese-style cherry blossoms.
    • Their flowering period begins around the first half of February.
  • Exhibitions: Artists & organizations will often host exhibitions in the plaza or inside the buildings.
  • Gift shop: Find Liberty Square souvenirs & spend money to your heart’s content.
    • I don’t recommend any specific souvenirs.

The changing of the guard and lowering/raising of the flag occur at these times—

Go inside the Memorial Hall at these times and watch the honor guards change every hour between 9 AM and 5 PM. For instance, they’ll change at 9 AM, 10 AM, etc.

Guards will change the flag in the middle of the plaza at these times:

Lowering or RaisingSummer Times (4/1–9/30)Winter Times (10/1–3/31)
Raising6 AM6:10 PM
Lowering6: 30 AM5: 10 PM
Flag-lowering/raising times at Liberty Square, Taipei.

Pay attention to the dates in the table. As the times the guards will lower and raise the flag will differ by season.