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Now a venue for concerts and conferences, Zhongshan Hall (中山堂) earned its place in history when the Japanese colonial authorities in Taiwan signed an instrument of surrender here on October 25, 1945, bringing World War II to a formal end in this part of Asia. If you visit on a weekday morning or afternoon, you'll probably be able to look around the main hall where the surrender ceremony was held. After the ROC government relocated to Taiwan in 1949, the hall was used as a place to receive visiting foreign dignitaries. 

The hall was built to celebrate the coronation of Emperor Hirohito (reigned 1926-1989) and served as Taipei's city hall for many years after being completed in 1936. Now named for Sun Yat-sen, this severe-looking Spanish Islamic building was the fourth-largest auditorium in the Japanese Empire.

Beside the stairs you'll find one of Taiwan's most iconic works of art: Huang Tu-shui's ( 黃土水, 1895-1930) plaster relief Water Buffaloes. The original title of the work, which is 5.55m long, was The South of the Country, and it shows a scene very typical of Taiwan's south before industrialization – a cluster of water buffaloes, tethered beneath banana trees and teased by a pair of naked boys. It was Huang's final work; the Manka native died aged 35. In 2010, the image was turned into an ROC postage stamp.

The permanent exhibition upstairs lacks English labeling, but has a few items of interest, including fragments of the Qing Dynasty government building that stood on this spot until 1928, and government bonds purchased by patriotic citizens in the 1950s and 1960s.

In one corner of the plaza out front, there's an exceptionally vivid statue of Sun, almost twice the size of the man in real life. The statue and other points of interest in and around the hall are described in the hall's free quarterly, bilingual program guide; pick up a copy when you arrive.

Directions

From Taipei Main Railway Station, take the MRT's Blue Line to Ximen Station and leave by Exit 5.

Type: Monument/Building
Costs: free
Location: Taiwan
Street address: 98, Yanping South Road, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City
Nearest public transport: Ximen MRT Station
Opening hours: Tues-Sun 10am-5pm
Telephone: +886223813137
Email: ce-207@mail.taipei.gov.tw







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