Taiwan, Part 17 - Martyr's Shrine

July 20, 2011
Martyr's Shrine

The Martyr's Shrine, resting on the slopes of the Qing Mountain and overseeing the Keelung River, is located right next to the Grand Hotel. Its grand and magnificent archietectural style is similar to that of the Taihe Dian Imperial Palace in Beijing, Mainland China and symbolizes the martyr's brave spirit.

More than 33,000 square meters of grass fields surround the structure and protected by the neighboring mountains it breathes a serene atmosphere which even more emphasizes its solemn and stately character. The 330,000 men who sacrificed their lives to the revolution before the establishment of the Republic of China and who fell during the Sino-Japanese war and the Chinese Civil Ware are worshipped here. Plates of these brave and loyal martyr have been insertd into the four walls of the main building in testimony of their heroic deeds.

Each spring and autumn, the president of Taiwan leads both civil and military officials in a public worship while leaders from Taiwan's befriended countries come and pay floral tribute. Each year in October groups of overseas Chinese also come to visit the site.

Worth mentionin are the military police officers who guard the main gate, and who have been rigidly trained to stand with expressionless statues. Tourist alike are amazed at this desplay of composure and flock to see the ceremonial changing of the guards.

It is time for the Changing of the Guards again! This time it is a long walk from the front entrance to the main hall. They changed the guards at the main hall and back to the front.

 One last picture of the stern guard before leaving.

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