Why Visit 228 Peace Memorial Park in Taipei?
This park is a living memorial to the 228 Incident, a crucial event in Taiwan‘s history. It offers insight into the struggles and resilience of the Taiwanese people in their pursuit of democracy and human rights.
Amidst the hustle and bustle of Taipei, the park provides a serene and peaceful retreat. Its lush greenery, soothing water features, and quiet paths offer a perfect setting for relaxation and reflection.
As for us we really enjoyed a stroll through the 228 Peace Memorial Park. We combined our visit with Ximending and the Taiwan National Museum, which was perfect!
What is the 228 incident all about?
The 228 Incident, occurring in Taipei and throughout Taiwan in 1947, was a pivotal moment in Taiwanese history.
It began on February 27, 1947, when a confrontation between government inspectors and a cigarette vendor in Taipei escalated into widespread civil unrest. The next day, February 28, marked the start of an uprising against the Kuomintang-led government of the Republic of China, which had taken control of Taiwan after Japanese rule ended in 1945.
The government’s harsh response to the protests and demonstrations led to a brutal crackdown. This included mass arrests, executions, and martial law, resulting in thousands of deaths.
The 228 Incident (referring to February 28) had a profound and long-lasting impact on Taiwan’s political landscape. It is remembered as a symbol of the struggle for human rights and democracy in Taiwan, and it played a significant role in shaping the island’s subsequent push for democratic reforms.
The 228 Peace Memorial Park in Taipei was established to commemorate this tragic event and serve as a reminder of the importance of peace and reconciliation.
We had no idea about the 228 incident before visiting the park! Throughout your visit, you can learn about Taiwan’s history, which was great!
Things to see at the 228 Peace Memorial Park in Taipei
When visiting the 228 Peace Memorial Park in Taipei, there are several notable features and attractions to see:
1. 228 Memorial Monument:
You can’t miss this prominent and rather modern feature at the very center of the park!
This monument is dedicated to the victims of the 228 Incident. It’s a symbol of remembrance and reconciliation.
2. The Pagoda at 228 Peace Memorial Park
One of the first things we saw when visiting the park was the huge Pagoda in the middle of a pond! We managed to take this perfect shot (see above) while the birds were flying onto the roof of the Pagoda!
3. Live Concert Venue
On the flank of the park, you can also see an outdoor venue for live events. We were there during the day and there wasn’t any concert at that time, but we can only imagine how cool it would be to attend an event here!
You can check the Parc’s official website for events.
4. Taipei 228 Memorial Museum
This museum provides detailed historical context about the 228 Incident, including photographs, documents, and personal stories, offering a deeper understanding of this significant event in Taiwan’s history.
Unfortunately, the museum was closed during our visit. The museum should reopen early 2025.
5. Art Installations, Sculptures & Peaceful Landscaping:
Various art pieces and sculptures are scattered throughout the park, some of which are dedicated to peace and remembrance.
The park is also known for its tranquil gardens, picturesque ponds, and well-maintained walkways, providing a serene environment amid the city.
6. 228 Park Fude Temple
As we continued our stroll through the park, we saw a sharp red light behind a couple of trees. It is the 228 Park Fude Temple!
The temple is full of red lanterns! We loved it. Perfect for photos 🙂
7. Taipei Guest House near 228 Peace Memorial Park
After visiting the park, we decided to head to Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall, which is only a few minutes walk. By chance, we came across a beautiful European Mansion.
We then learned that this heritage mansion called the Taipei Guest House is used for state events. It is open to the public once per month only! Too bad we weren’t there on the opening day…
Useful Information about 228 Peace Memorial Park in Taipei
Here’s some useful information for planning a visit to 228 Peace Memorial Park in Taipei:
How to Get to 228 Peace Memorial Park in Taipei?
- By MRT: The easiest way to reach the park is by taking the Taipei Metro (MRT). The closest MRT station is NTU Hospital Station on the Red Line. From there, it’s just a short walk to the park.
- By Bus: Various city buses also stop near the park. Check local bus routes on Google Maps to find the easiest route.
- By Taxi or Ride-Sharing Services: Taxi and ride-sharing services are readily available in Taipei and can drop you off directly at the park.
- On Foot: if you decide to visit Taipei, we recommend combining your visit with Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall, Taiwan National Museum, Ximending, and Rongjing Gorgeous Time. You can visit everything on foot!
The park is open to the public and free to enter. There is no entrance fee for the park or the museum.
Duration of Visit:
We took a little more than 1 hour to visit the park. A typical visit can last anywhere from 1 to 2 hours.
This allows enough time to explore the memorials, museum, and the park’s peaceful surroundings.
228 Peace Memorial Park’s Opening Hours
The park is open 24 hours. However, the 228 Museum closes early evening. Check the opening time once the museum opens again in 2025…
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Other Things to Visit Near 228 Peace Memorial Park?
1. Rongjing Gorgeous Time
During our trip to Taipei, we explored the historic Rongjin Gorgeous Time in Taipei. A site deeply rooted in Taiwan‘s complex history.
Originally serving as the Official Dormitories of Taihoku Prison during the Qing Dynasty, this area witnessed significant events, from housing political prisoners during Japanese rule to becoming a community hub for immigrants and public servants.
Today this place has been transformed and is full of Japanese bars and restaurants! We strongly recommend to visit this place, and it’s not very far from Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall
2. Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall
Exploring the Chiang Kai Shek Memorial is a must for anyone visiting Taipei.
It’s an iconic landmark in the city with strong historical, cultural, and political significance. Its architecture and surroundings with Liberty Square are also very impressive!
As for us, pretty much every time we visit Taipei, a stop at Chiang Kei Shek Memorial is a must!
3. The National Taiwan Museum
The National Taiwan Museum is another must-see in Taipei. It’s right next to Taipei 228 Memorial Park, so also very near Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall.
The museum offers a wide range of exhibitions about Taiwan’s natural history, cultural heritage, and contemporary issues. It’s a great place to learn about the island’s diverse flora and fauna, indigenous cultures, and historical artifacts.
We loved this museum, and strongly recommend to visit.
During our visit to Taipei, we enjoyed our visit to Ximending the most!
Ximending is the pulsating heart of Taipei! This district offers a mix of culture, food, fashion, and entertainment. It is one of the best things to visit in Taipei!
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