Located in Shilin, Taipei City, Chiang Kai-Shek Shilin Residence is the first ecological garden of Taipei City, and was previously the home of renowned former president, Chiang Kai-Shek.
Upon entering the residence, you can find Madame Chiang’s former Cadillac and her favorite rose garden along with white plum trees. Also, part of the Chiang Kai-Shek Shilin Residence is the Ecosystem Zone, which allows you to observe all sorts of plants and insects at your pleasure. In addition, the Wooden Musical Stage engrosses you in the aural feast while you relax in the beautiful garden surroundings.
The Chiang Kai-Shek Shilin Residence is accompanied by Chinese style and Western style gardens, including Shilin Garden Zone, Garden Display Gallery, European Garden, Oriental Court, and Choral Hall. Some of these gardens have gorgeous plants and rose bushes decorated with artificial stone cliffs and flourished with blooming trees. It was designated a national historical monument.
The most popular place in the Chiang Kai-Shek Shilin Residence is Victoria Chapel, a beautiful place where Chiang Kai-Shek and Madame Chiang used to pray. Moreover, the Victoria Chapel used to be a place that held elegant wedding ceremonies for Chiang’s family. Today, the Victoria Chapel is still the most popular place for couples to take wedding photographs in Taipei City.
The former residence of Chiang Kai-shek and his wife Soong Mei-ling, the Shilin Official Residence is a designated historical site open to the public as a museum celebrating their accomplishments as well as their contributions to the growth of Taiwan in the modern era.
Besides the main residence, other buildings within the compound include the guesthouse, Victory Chapel, Ciyun Pavilion, and numerous gardens open to the public.
Hours of operation are from Tuesday to Sunday, 9:30AM to noon (tickets until 11:40), and 1:30PM to 5PM (tickets until 4:40PM).