Presidential Office Building & 228 Memorial Peace Park – Day 4 (III)

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Taipei Taiwan

We had some time to kill before going to Sky Turns Red Restaurant for dinner, so we went to President’s Office (總統府) and 228 Memorial Peace Park (二二八和平紀念公園)  just one station away from Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall. 

Presidential Office Building at Night.
The president’s office is a 5 storey red and white building built during the Japanese colonial period.  The office is open to visitors from 9am – 12pm on weekdays, and 8am to 4pm on weekdays.  Admission is free but remember to bring along your passport.

228 Monument at Memorial Peace Park.

The park originally was called the Taihoku Park and housed a broadcast station during the Japanese colonial period.  When Japan lost World World II in 1945, Kuomintang was given the administrative authority by the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA) to lead Taiwan.  It was also then Kuomintang renamed the park to Taipei New Park.  After 2 years of Kuomintang ruling in Taiwan, conflicts and unrests accumulated between the government and its civilians. After an unhappy police incident leading to the death of a cigarette vendor, civilians protested but were treated brutally by the police.  On the 28th of February in 1947, civilians sieged the broadcast station in the park to broadcast this incident nationwide.  This action sparked a series of chain reaction which lead to the massacre of tens of thousands of civilians.  The incident is also known as the 228 incident.

This incident was a taboo to talk about untill president Lee Teng Hui acknowledged the incident publicly in the 1990’s.  In 1996, the park was renamed again to 228 Memorial Peace Park to commemorate the lives that were lost during the 228 incident.  The park today houses the 228 monument, and the 228 Memorial Museum which was converted from the broadcast station.

Presidential Office Building Address:  No. 122, Sec. 1, Chongqing S. Road, Zhongzheng District, Taipei.
Tel: +8862-311-3731
How to Get there: Take MRT to NTU Station on Danshui Line, Exit 1.
http://eng.taiwan.net.tw/m1.aspx?sNo=0002090&id=137
http://english.president.gov.tw/

228 Peace Memorial Park Address: No. 3, Ketagalan Blvd., Zhongzheng District, Taipei .
Tel: +8862-2389-7228
How to Get there: Take MRT to NTU Station on Danshui Line, Exit 1.
http://eng.taiwan.net.tw/m1.aspx?sNo=0002090&id=R3

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