Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall
The Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall, one of the most important monuments in Taiwan, was built to commemorate the life of the former president of the Republic of China, Chiang Kai Shek, in 1976 and officially opened in 1980. Located in the city of Taipei, the Memorial Hall is built inside a walled complex, which is called as Liberty Square, with nicely landscaped gardens, ponds and walkways.
The Memorial Hall is in gleaming white marble and topped by an octagonal roof of brilliant blue-glazed which can be seen on the major archways that lead into the square. Inside the main hall contains a large bronze statue of Chiang Kai Shek which is shown smiling, seated and wearing traditional costume. The memorial statue and hall is on the upper level while the lower level of the Liberty Square contains the National Theater and National Concert Hall, which are two great venues for the performing arts regularly featuring famous artists from Taiwan and abroad.
The High-Heel Wedding Church
It is not actually an official place of worship, but since it hosts private wedding ceremonies, this giant shoe-shaped venue has become known all over the world as the ‘high-heel church’. It is located in the fishing village of Budai in the Southwest Coast National Scenic Area and was the vision of the local tourism board.
Their idea was to create a tourist attraction that would bring visitors to the area and boost the local economy. The idea for the shoe shape came as they sought a way to commemorate the outbreak of Blackfoot disease that blighted the local female population.
In Taiwan, there is the charming town of Jiufen that also conquers travelers with its incredible atmosphere. The history of this town is very interesting; it had been founded many years ago as a small settlement of gold miners. There have been several mines, in which the bulk of the population has been employed. When the gold rush was over, locals did not leave their homes. After a few years, their hometown became a thriving tourist center.
This fantastically beautiful town is located in the hills. One of its main features is a huge number of different escalators and lifts. They allow you to navigate easily throughout the town. Such lifts are one of the favorite attractions for tourists. Those who prefer active recreation would like to walk. During a stroll, you can fully enjoy the beauty of the architecture and visit many amazing places.
Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum
This may be cheating a little, as this is more a collection of impressive buildings rather than just the one. Fo Guang Shan Monastery in Kaohsiung is a hugely impressive complex that features a pagoda-lined avenue and a massive sitting Buddha that dominates the landscape. It is opened to the public and a must-see for anyone visiting the southern city of Kaohsiung.
Chihkan or Chikan Tower, formerly known as Fort Provintia, is one of the famous historic site and landmark in Tainan as well as Taiwan. It was built during the Dutch colonial in 1653. Since 1945, the fort was known as '' Red-topped Tower'' where the name derived from the Taiwanese aboriginal word ''Chakam''.
Today, Chikan Tower is its official name. Even though Chihkan Tower has gone through different historical periods, but still remains its rich and graceful architectural aspects. Crammed with various kinds of steles, stone horses, weight lifting rocks, stone weights, and nine stone tortoises carrying royal stele carved in both Chinese and Manchurian, the courtyard looks like an outdoor museum.