Last November 5, 2010 marked my first attempt at moving out of comfort zone.
I went around alone in Taipei while my prince works. Well, I didn't have to dig deep to find the courage to travel solo as Taipei's roads and transportation system are easy, safe, and fast. Since our hotel is located in between two MRT stations, the MRT metro system is the easiest and fastest mode of transport. Air-conditioned trains arrive every five minutes.
As suggested by my prince, I got myself a One-Day Pass for NT$200 (which includes NT$50 deposit which can be reimbursed within three days of purchase). With the Pass, I can take the MRT for an unlimited number of times before the pass expires at 12 midnight. My One - Day pass has the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall design, a fitting co-incidence because I am going to the LDS Taipei Taiwan Temple which is in the same area as that of the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Park . Call it hitting two birds with one stone!
Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Park
Location: Chungshan South Road
How I got there: From Evergreen Laurel Hotel walked to MRT Zongxiao Xinsheng station. Then took a train to Taipei Main Station (Blue line) then changed to Xindian Line (Red Line)and got off at the CKS Memorial Hall Station.
The Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Park which includes the memorial, the National Concert Hall and the National Theater, is a wide open plaza, surrounded by a long white wall topped with small blue tiled roof.
The Memorial Hall
The Memorial is a massive blue-tiled roof with a golden peak on top. Inside, there is a library which displays photos and mementos of the late president Chiang Kai-shek's life. The plaza in front of the memorial is usually the venue for large scale shows, fairs, public activities and folk performances.
National Concert Hall and National Theater
The National Concert Hall and the National Theater are the two buildings consisting the National Chiang Kai-shek Cultural Center. Both halls (with its large white base, dark red columns, bright multicolored eves, and bright yellow glass tiled roof)are important centers for the performing arts in Taiwan.
The National Concert Hall opens daily from 12noon to 9pm while the National Theater opens daily from 12noon to 8pm.
LDS Taipei Taiwan Temple
Location: 256 Ai Kuo East Road, Taipei, Taiwan
Phone Number: (886) 2-2351-0218.
How I got there: From Chiang Kai-shek station I walked straight to Ai-Kuo Road.
Dedicated on November 17–18, 1984 by former prophet Gordon B. Hinckley, the Taipei Taiwan Temple was the first temple built in Taiwan and the third built in Asia. It was constructed with respect for local tradition including a stunning blue tile roof that complements nearby National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial.
The Tempe stands out in Ai-Kou (love of country) Road with its elegant 6-lofty spires design. Around the temple complex is a stake center, patron housing facility, and office building.