Shilin Official Residence

sights / Parks & gardens

Shilin Official Residence information

Location
Taipei , Taiwan
Address
60 Fulin Rd; 福林路60號
Getting there
Mrt: Shilin
Prices
gardens free, house NT$100
Opening hours
9.30am-noon & 1.30-5pm Tue-Sun
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For 26 years, this two-storey mansion and its elaborate Chinese- and Western-style gardens were part of the official residence of Chiang Kai-shek and his wife Soong Mei-ling. Today the entire estate is a lovely public park and even the house itself is open, though it merely displays the rather humdrum domestic life, and middlebrow tastes, of the Chiangs. The free audio guide is more than a little obsequious about the house's master and mistress.