5 Places in Taipei to Learn about Taiwan’s Road to Democracy

5 Places in Taipei to Learn about Taiwan’s Road to Democracy
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1. 228 Memorial Museum (二二八紀念館)

2/28/1947 marks the day where an anti-government uprising was violently suppressed by the KMT government. This resulted in the killing of thousands of civilians and it left a dark scar in Taiwanese society. 228 was not talked about and avoided in all situations. It wasn’t until 1990, when President Lee Tung Hui was the first to openly discuss the event and declared 2/28 a national holiday. The 228 memorial museum is located in the broadcasting station that was used to announce the surrender of Japan in WWII. The exhibits cover the post WWII takeover of Taiwan by the KMT and the events that lead up to the uprising. It also sheds light on the aftermath and all the victims that were affected.

Address: No.3, Ketagalan Blvd., Zhongzheng Dist., Taipei City 100
(臺北市凱達格蘭大道3號)
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 10:00-17:00
Website: http://228memorialmuseum.gov.taipei/

Photo Credit: 小蘇@札幌 @Flickr CC BY 2.0

2. Jing-Mei Human Rights and Memorial Park (景美人權文化園區)

During the White Terror Period (1949-1987), freedom of speech and public assembly were forbidden. Anybody suspected of being spies for Chinese communists or even opposing the government were taken into custody or sentenced to death. Jing-Mei Human Rights and Memorial Park was one of the major detention centers for these political dissidents. Former prisoners include Taiwan’s former Vice President, Annette Lu (呂秀蓮), and current Kaohsiung mayor, Chen Chu(陳菊) due to the Kaohsiung Incident. In 2007, the prison was turned into a museum which includes exhibits of the resistance during Martial Law and even the cell where Annette Lu and Chen Chu were kept in. The prison provides a firsthand glimpse of how the political prisoners were treated and Taiwan’s dark past.

Address: No.131, Fuxing Rd., Xindian Dist., New Taipei City 231
(新北市新店區復興路131號)
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 9:00-17:00
Website: http://www.nhrm.gov.tw/home

Photo Credit: Jing-Mei Human Rights and Memorial Park Facebook page

First Editor: Eric Tsai
Second Editor: Olivia Yang

The News Lens international edition has been authorized to repost this article. The full piece is published on Ketagalan Media here: 5 Places in Taipei to Learn about Taiwan’s Road to Democracy