Taipei’s Martyrs Shrine is a pretty cool memorial. They have guards who look fake and they stand there in full uniform without moving like Buckingham Palace.
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The funny thing about the live guards is people start touching them. The guards get irritated and slam their guns then people jump. It’s a really funny scene to watch since it occurs every 15 minutes. My only regret is I didn’t get it on video. It’s one of my few regrets in life.
The Martyr’s Shrine is a huge memorial. It has a main temple after a quarter mile walkway. The main temple has an amazing backdrop of hills and trees. It looks pretty epic for those looking to take a picture of their back then leave the premise.
It’s a pretty impressive piece of architecture. The memorial is dedicated to those who died in battle. It’s a large open space like the Chiang Kai Shek memorial. However, the Martyrs Shrine isn’t conveniently located in the city. It’s in a pretty secluded area in Taipei where there isn’t many taxis. I hated it cause I had to do a little walking and I hate exercise.
Furthermore, there’s a changing of the guard mid-afternoon. The guards walk to the temple from the entrance. Unfortunately, nobody is allowed into the main temple except for me. Okay. I wasn’t allowed in there but they do allow photographs to be taken from the outside.
Lastly, it’s definitely not a convenient landmark. There isn’t a convenient train stop, so a taxi is a must. It’s not the most spectacular landmark in Taipei, but it does come with some comedic tourist moments.
Lesson of the day: Don’t touch the guards with the guns. Seriously.
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