The Martyrs’ Shrine 國民革命忠烈祠

The Taiwan Martyrs’ Shrine (officially The National Revolutionary Martyrs’ Shrine 國民革命忠烈祠) is set on the side of Qingshan Mountain very close to the Grand Hotel and the neighborhood of Neihu (內湖區).  It’s hallowed ground, dedicated to those who fought and died for the Republic of China in the Sino-Japanese War, the Chinese Civil War and the First and Second Taiwan Straight Crises.  About 390,000 soldiers died in these wars, and their spirit tablets can be found here.

Twice a year, the President of Taiwan and high officials come to the Martyr’s Shrine to pay their respects to the fallen war heroes.  But what many people come to see is the changing of the guard ceremony, which happens every hour on the hour.

The MArtyr's Shrine in Taipei, Taiwan

See military precision at the Martyrs' Shrine in Taipei.

This was my first visit to the Martyrs’ Shrine.  I guess I’ve never been that interested in military history or even the usual tourist sights, and never got around to visiting this one.

I was pleasantly surprised at how nice the shrine is.  It set in a beautiful and peaceful location, with a pristine mountain to the rear and the Keelung River to its front.  With that, and the grand but simple architecture, a serene atmosphere is certainly achieved for such an important and emotional place.

But the thing that truly makes the visit memorable is the changing of the guard ceremony that happens every hour.  Perfect military precision is on show as the Honor Guard perform.  The ceremony instilled in me a sense of honor that the guards must feel to protect such an important monument, and reminded me of what I’ve heard about the soldiers who guard the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in America.

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A crowd watches the changing of the guard at Taiwan's Martyr's Shrine.

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The changing of the honor guard ceremony at the Martyrs' Shrine in Taipei.

Taiwan Honor Guard

See military precision at the Martyrs' Shrine in Taipei.

The MArtyrs Shrine Honor Guard.

The honor guard stand motionless at the Martyr's Shrine in Taipei.

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Taiwan's Martyrs' Shrine in Taipei.

A Taiwanese soldier salutes.

A Taiwanese soldier salutes at the Martyrs' Shrine.

Travel to the Taiwan Martyrs’ Shrine using Taiwan Adventures Online Travel Guide.

Cheers,
-Neil

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6 thoughts on “The Martyrs’ Shrine 國民革命忠烈祠

  1. Faye

    有時候覺得你比台灣人還了解台灣!

  2. Thanks for sharing the photos. Been going through your blog as I am planning a trip to Taipei soon. It has been very useful!

  3. good pictures
    this make me want to go to taiwan :)

  4. When my wife and I visited the Unknown Soldier’s Tomb in Taipei in 1975, it was in the courtyard albubumost the size of a football field. There were box platforms the size of four feet high and six feet square. They were about 25 feet apart all around the courtyard square. On each stood an immaculate Chinese Honor Guuard about 6 feet 6 inches tall with a silver mirrored helmet high on his and all stayed completely motionless. The Guards were all the same size and standing causing us to look up at them being only a few feet from them was one of the most impresive and memorable things I can recall in my life. I have been in the service and travelled considerably but now being 68 years old count this and my wife of 51 years one of our lasting memories.

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