It’s safe to say that we covered a lot of ground in Taipei. On our eighth day in Taiwan (our second day spent in Taipei), we ate Beef Noodle Soup, visited the Chiang Kai-shek & Sun Yat-sen memorials, and went to the top of Taipei 101.
Today I’m talking about another spot in Taipei that we checked off our list: 228 Peace Park.
One thing I learned on this trip is that I need to do more research on the sites we visit. If I’m being completely honest, planning and research are not my strong points. I’m more about spontaneity and learning as I go, but because Caleb is a strong planner, I’ve begun to realize the importance that these two things have when visiting other countries and also attempting to grow a travel website/youtube channel. But I digress…
When I was making the Day 8 Vlog, I don’t think I realized how important this park is, and what it represents (as you can probably tell from the crazy music selection). Taiwan has such a unique history, and after doing a little bit of research about the park, I decided to include it in our Taiwan series.
228 Peace Park History:
228 Peace Park is a historical site, located in the Zhongzheng District of Taipei. This site features memorials that remember and represent what is known as the February 28 Incident/Massacre, which occurred on February 28, 1947.
At this point in Taiwanese history, Japan had surrendered and given up their political rule, and the country was handed back to the Republic of China. On February 28th, a group met at a local radio station and protested against recent police brutality towards civilians. This led to the government lashing out, and thousands of civilians were killed starting on 2/28. This also was the start of the White Terror period. It’s said that the total number of deaths was about 10,000.
In 1998, the city created the Taipei 228 Memorial Museum, and the park was dedicated as 228 Peace Memorial Park.
Why YOU Should Visit 228 Peace Park:
Not only is the park culturally and historically significant, it’s simply a beautiful place to stop and visit.
The park is well-manicured and taken care of, the memorials are unique, and the people watching opportunities are ample.
When I say we milked as much out of Taipei as possible, I mean it, so it was really nice to take an hour and walk a little slower, feed some squirrels, sit down on a few benches, and enjoy the warm December breeze. Yeah, it was hot.
However, no matter what time of year you visit Taipei, 228 Peace Park is always a good idea.
Visiting the Park:
Hours: All Day, Erryday
Fees: FREE (can’t beat that!)