A central figure in Taiwan and China’s modern history is Dr. Sun Yat-Sen. But Dr. Sun Yat-Sen’s most important name, for which this hall was built, is his nickname after death: 國父. The first character, 國, means nation, and the second, 父, is father. That is why Dr. Sun Yat-Sen is known as ‘father of the nation’ posthumously.
Sun Yat-Sen was more than just a leader of a rebellion because as the voice of the people, full of hope for change in a turbulent time in China’s history, he also identified some core values that all Chinese should strive for. These were known as the three principles of the people: nationalism, democracy and the existence of the citizens.
The memorial hall houses a huge statue, guarded by two stoic soldiers. Only during the hourly changing of the wax change do they seem to come to life.
The Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall is far more than just a house honoring the heritage of this guide. The building houses numerous galleries with Taiwanese and prestigious international art exhibitions, a library, study rooms, lecture halls, a restaurant and one of the largest concert halls in Taiwan.