The History of memorial hall
To commemorate the national founding father Dr. Sun Yat-Sen’s unparalleled morality, revolutionary conducts and to excel Dr. Sun Yat-Sen's doctrine, the Republic government had in 1964 begun drafting the building of National Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, which not only served to provide a place of remembrance for all to emulate the national founding father, but also encompassed the functions of cultural and artistic education, leisurely recreation and academic research.
In 1965, the late president Chiang Kai Shek personally presided the foundation laying ceremonies in person; with the open solicitation of architectural drawings began the following year, the renowned architect Wang Da-hung’s design drawings have been chosen, which later had been modified with the exterior reinforced with elements of Chinese architecture as instructed by the late president Chiang. On May 16, 1972, the main construction was completed, and an inaugural ceremony was staged. The majestic, solemn main structure, set against the Chung Shan Park flanked with green flaw and esthetical plumage, had not only risen to become a crown jewel in Taipei’s eastern district but also brought a brand-new facet to the local culture and arts.
Once under the jurisdiction of the Taipei Municipal Government, the memorial hall was revamped under the Ministry of Education in July 1986, and merged with the Chung Shan Hall in Yangmingshan, and its name had also been revamped from “Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall Administration Office” to “National Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall”. And in 2012 for ROC Government organization rebuilt, National Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall revamped under the Ministry of Culture. When first inaugurated, the memorial hall was primarily used for exhibiting Dr. Sun Yat-sen’s revolutionary artifacts, and hosted some of the exhibitions and performances. Currently, it serves as a multifunctional, social educational and cultural center. It houses the internationally renowned national performance hall, expansive elegant and esthetic exhibition venues measuring in several tens of thousand square feet, projecting room with innovative setup, lecture hall, Chung Shan lecture hall, professional library with more than 40,000 collection of books, as well as the tranquil and titillating Emerald Pond exhibition/performance area and Chung Shan Park..
The development and promotion of the memorial hall’s activities and events have been sought taking to a focus of emulating Mr. Chung Shan’s paramount ideology of “Greater love”, “The World is for all People”, and “The purpose of life is to serve others” in anticipating to foster the general public with a greater respect and emulation of national founding father. The grand vision of National Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall has had an impressive foundation laid these years, excelled during the “Development period” through the enterprising directors and to the prospering period, all contributing to excelling the administration of memorial hall with a global and local cultural exchange bracing toward the objectives of practical and prevalent lifetime learning, and professional, practical firmware facilities, vying to integrate the Chung Shan spirit and the traditional culture for reinvigorating and rediscovering the Chinese culture.