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Martyr's Shrine, Taipei: 16 reviews and 38 photos
Martyr's Shrine has the most impressive show of the Changing of the Guard in all of Taipei. This half-hour long process occurs once an hour, on the hour from 9:00 to 17:00. A total of nine soldiers are involved each time, four of which will stand on guard, four of which will be ending an hour of guard duty. Notice the uniforms of the soldiers here; unlike the soldiers at Chiang Kai-shek and Sun Yat-sen Memorial Halls, they have green uniforms, with tigers (or something like that) on their uniforms instead of Qingtianbaire (Blue sky and white sun). Apparently they are a different branch of the military. At the start of each hour, five soldiers will march out from beside the gate of the shrine and across the large courtyard in the direction of the shrine. Halfway, they stop and there is a display of weaponry; then they continue their march into the shrine, where two of the guards will be changed. Then the procession will return to the gate of the shrine, where the other two guards will be changed. This is quite an impressive sight, especially considering the fact these soldiers have to march for half an hour in the hot and humid Taiwan summer wearing heavy uniforms, then stand absolutely still for an hour in 35 degrees C weather.
Many tour groups will come to the shrine for just half an hour to see the Changing of the Guard, then leave; however, seeing the inside of the shrine is very interesting, so don't miss that, either.
Directions: East of the Grand Hotel, accessible from the Yuanshan MRT stop, Danshui Line and then by bus
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