Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall

Guangzhou, China

Hailed as the ‘Father of the Nation’, Sun Yat-sen was a visionary and medical doctor who paved the way for the Republic of China and helped overthrow the Qing dynasty and imperial rule. The Memorial Hall in Guangzhou is the largest one honoring this monumental figure, from amongst the four that are in Taiwan, Singapore and Mainland China (2).

The building was completed in 1931 and is befitting for a man of Sun’s stature. It encompasses an area of 16 acres, with a grand hall and flower-filled gardens. The building is the classic 8 walled, octagonal shape and has palace style architectural elements. It is done in blue and red hues and given an antiquated look.

When taking the subway line 2 you can get off at the dedicated Memorial Hall station, leave from exit D to find yourself at the Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall. Plenty of city buses will take you to the destination as well. The gardens and main hall are free to roam around and are open from 06:00 in the morning. However, the exhibition area for Sun Yat-sen’s life is open at 08:00 and there is RMB10 general admission fee. Incase you want to dive deep in to the history of the historical figure and the history of Guangzhou, you can get the combo ticket for RMB32 and visit the Western Han Dynasty Mausoleum of the Nanyue King and Guangzhou Museum (both are close to the memorial hall) and the Sun Yat-sen building. Closing time of the exhibit and non-exhibition areas is 18:00.

As you walk inside the main compound, you will be greeted by a bronze figure of the revered Sun Yat-sen while he delivered a speech. It is mounted atop a podium, inscribed on which is one of his key literary pieces. You should take the opportunity to get plenty of pictures here because it presents great views of, not only the statue but the building in the background as well. Taking a few steps forward, you are met with the grand Memorial Hall entrance and the eight towering columns, in the center of which is the board which has Chinese characters by Sun, meaning the whole planet is a single community. When you go in, the walls on all sides are lined with pictures and posters highlighting the significance of the man. This main hall is used for performances and congregations, with a large stand at the far end. Looking up, you get to see the glowing lights on the roof.

The paid part of the compound is the Exhibit of Sun’s deeds and has various important literature and pictures and articles related to the political figure and his era. There are also bricks from 5 different eras made in to an exhibit in a section of the hall.

Coming out to the gardens is a relaxing sight for the eyes. But make sure you take in the ‘King of Kapok’, ‘Tree in Tree’ and ‘Tree Embracing Tree’ natural wonders that are very popular.

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