Historical Building sights in Taiwan
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Built in 1919 as the headquarters of the then-occupying Japanese forces, this building has housed the offices of the president since 1949. Its ornate brickwork is typical of the Japanese era, and at 85m it was the tallest building in town for decades.
Exhibits include documents from Taiwanese history (both originals and copies) and artefacts such as lacquerware and statues from the Japanese occupation. Although most signage is in Chinese, there is usually an English speaker on hand to guide you through.
Against a backdrop of mountains across the Keelung River from the city centre, the monumental National Revolutionary Martyrs' Shrine enshrines the dead of the wars fought on behalf of the ROC. The complex covers around 5000 sq metres and the main sanctuary was modelled after the Taiho Palace in Beijing. Plaques, paintings and friezes in the arcade surrounding the main sanctuary describe the details of various 20th-century rebellions and battles. A bell tower and drum tower are used during memorial ceremonies.
The main reason most people come here, however, is to see the hourly changing of the guards. Blue-uniformed, silver-helmeted, implacable and silent, they wield and…