Cultural managements

Opening of the Chiang Ching-kuo Cultural Park, with the Presidential Library

Taipei, Jan. 22 (CNA) A newly redesigned and renovated cultural park from the compound of the late President Chiang Ching-kuo (蔣經國) opened on Saturday, along with the country’s first presidential library.

After seven years of renovation, repurposing and expansion, the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Academic Exchange and the Chinese Christian Faith and Love Foundation celebrated the opening of the new Ching-Kuo Chi-Hai Culture Park in Taipei on Saturday. .

The park received its eponymous name from the late Chiang and his home, the Chi-Hai Residence, and will be run by the two foundations together.

Located on the bank of the Keelung River, the park covers approximately 3.98 hectares and offers views of Jiantan Mountain and nearby Qihai Lake.

The park is equipped to welcome the general public and organize public artistic events.

Two of the park’s main attractions are Chiang’s namesake presidential library and the house he resided in for 19 years.

The library is Taiwan’s first presidential library and also serves as the late president’s partial museum.

According to park management, the library has also partnered with Stanford University’s Hoover Institution to display Chiang’s journals from the institution’s archives.

On the other hand, the late president’s residence will serve as both a city-designated historical monument and a memorial museum fully furnished with the furniture and personal effects of Chiang and his family.

Chiang and his wife, Chiang Fang-liang (蔣方良), both stayed at home until their deaths in 1988 and 2004, respectively. Chiang served as President of the Republic of China (Taiwan’s official name) from 1978 until his death.

As the house is a historic building, visitors can only visit the premises in groups, with a limit of 15 people per group.

Daily visitor numbers have also been limited to 400 in line with pandemic prevention guidelines, with 200 people allowed to enter the park in the morning and 200 in the afternoon.

Due to the pandemic, the park will only allow entry to the site to ticket-holding visitors. Interested tourists can buy the tickets on the website of the cultural park, where they can choose to buy tickets for the library, the residence or both.