The Sun Yat-sen Memorial House 國父史蹟紀念館 is a small wooden house from the Japanese times located inside the Yixian Park 逸仙公園, which is basically its surrounding Japanese garden. Both are located a good 5 minutes away from the Taipei Main Station. The house, which used to be a small hotel, was built in 1900 and was called Ume Yashiki 梅屋敷 (Chinese Méiūfū), lit. "Plum House". The house became famous, because Sun Yat-sen, the founder of the Republic of China, stayed here during his visit of Taiwan in 1913 (all together he visited Taiwan four times, in 1900 for 44 days, which was his longest stay and later in 1913, 1918 and 1924, where he only stayed briefly in the port of Keelung. He died a year after. After World War II, this house and garden were dedicated to memorize Sun Yat-sen. In 1983 the Taiwan Railways begun to construct a tunnel, that would relocate the railways underground. The house and garden had to be relocated 50m north of its original spot. The house was in place the same year, while the Yixian Park was completely restored in 1987 (source). This small bit of 20th century history was hidden from me for a long time, I discovered the house and the park by accident. I'm happy I did, because it's a beautiful place, that definitely waits to be discovered.
Here are some of my photos from 2011:
We went in, but taking photos was prohibited. There were various historic documents related to Sun Yat-sen on display. To see what's inside, check out the photos on this blog.
To visit the park, exit at the eastern gate of Taipei's Main Station. A short walk and you'll be reaching the park. There was no admission fee, when we visited and the park's opening hours were from 9 to 17 every day except Monday, when it's closed for visitors. More information regarding visiting hours here (in Chinese).