Honouring the lives and sacrifices of fallen KMT soldiers
Taipei Marty’s Shrine was built in 1969 and is officially known as the National Revolutionary Martyrs’ Shrine. It was was built to honour the Kuomintang (KMT) soldiers who died during the Chinese Civil War, and is home to around 390,000 spirit tablets honouring their lives and sacrifices in the war against communists in mainland China.
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The complex sits on the beautiful grounds of Chingshan Mountain, in Taipei Zhongshan District, overlooking the Keelung River. It was designed after the Supreme Harmony in Beijing’s Forbidden City and contains the main shrine, as well as several exhibitions.
Every year Marty’s Shrine serves as the location for the annual Youth Day commemorations, the Armed Forces Day, and is visited by the President of the Republic of China who pays respect to the fallen KMT soldiers. In 1988, Marty’s Shrine served as the funeral site of Chiang Ching-kuo, a politician of the Republic of China, and the eldest and only biological son of former president Chiang Kai-shek.
Marty’s Shrine is popular for its changing of the honour guard ceremony which is held every hour until 5pm. After the guard changing ceremony is complete, be sure to walk around the grounds and inside to explore the fascinating beautiful Chinese architecture.
Getting to Marty’s Shrine from Taipei is easiest by MRT and bus. Take the MRT Red Line to Jiantan Station. From there, leave through Exit 1 and take bus routes (heading south) 267, 556, or the 902, to Martyr’s Shrine.
Or, Take the MRT Brown Line to Dazhi Station. From there it is a 1.5km walk heading west.