Taiwan Folklore Research Club has eleven members. Our research
subject this semester is to study Martyrs' Shrine. We use
Teens as our group name with the hope to look into Martyrs'
Shrine through the perspective of young innocent teens.
For the past nine months, we've made countless trips to Martyrs'
Shrine and done numerous interviews. We interviewed Mr. Yao
Yuan-Chung, the architect of Martyrs' Shrine, Professor Tsai
Jin-Tang, Mr. Lien Yi-Chou, Mr. He Shih-Geng, the first manager
of Grand Hotel and founder of SET Tour, etc. From each interview,
I've learned a lot of interesting facts. During our research
period, we spent several days carrying loads of questionnaires
to Martyrs' Shrine to do a survey. After the survey, we realized
that there were so many foreign tourists visiting Martyrs' Shrine.
They are from Japan, Korea, America, and Hong Kong. Although
we don't speak the same language, our survey candidates did
our questionnaires cooperatively and kindly. Luckily with the
help of their tour guide, the survey didn't take up too much
time. We found that doing survey was so much fun! We made a
lot of efforts and spent lots of time on this research project,
and we've also learned a lot of valuable experience from it.
National Revolutionary Martyrs' Shrine is nearby our school,
Dazhi High School. It's a must-visit spot for tourists in Taipei.
However, although we just live in the neighborhood, we didn't
really know much about this former Taiwan Huguo Jinja, the now
Martyrs' Shrine. Therefore we chose this subject to get to explore
our famous neighbor, and to see why it has drawn countless tourists.
First we began from learning Dazhi District, where we grow up.
We invited Mr. Lien Yi Chou, who is in charge of Dazhi Studio
of Culture and History, to tell us about the development and
geographical environment of Dazhi. We didn't understand what
a ¡§golden¡¨ location Dazhi is until we listened to Mr. Lien's
introduction. What's even more interesting is that we interviewed
two old ¡§grandpas¡¨, Mr. Yao Yuan-Chung, the architect of Martyrs'
Shrine and Mr. He Shih-Geng, the first manager of Grand Hotel
and founder of SET Tour. We've learned so much about how Martyrs'
Shrine was built, and found out why Martyrs' Shrine is a famous
tourist attraction. After our survey, we learned that Guard
Mounting is the major attraction of Martyrs' Shrine for tourists.
In order to observe and film the Guard Mounting performance,
we made countless round-trips to Martyrs' Shrine. From the survey
result, we also discovered that most tourists do not know that
Martyrs' Shrine enshrines our nation's founding heroes and heroines.
Thus, we've made up our mind to let the world know the true
meaning and spirit of Martyrs' Shrine. Kuo Jia-Hung
I think many people's first impression on Martyrs' Shrine is
the Guard Mounting performance, including mine. The performance
is indeed a stunning scene to watch. When the sun shines on
the beige-white floor tiles, the honor guards march along in
absolute straight and neat lines on the tiles. This is the pride
that belongs to those who go through strict training and discipline.
I couldn't help but admire them genuinely from the bottom of
my heart. We've watched and interviewed three types of honor
guards in the Martyrs' Shrine. Their job is to guard Martyrs'
Shrine and I sincerely think that this job is sacred and significant.
However, the attraction of Martyrs' Shrine is not just Guard
Mounting; its architecture, history and significance are worthy
of further exploration. I've known a lot more about Martyrs'
Shrine through numerous interviews and research. Thanks to Miss
Huang for making all those arrangements and helping us do the
survey on weekends. This research has really inspired me to
a great extent. Chen Yu-An
People say, if you go to Paris without visiting Eiffel Tower,
you didn't go to Paris at all. So, if you come to Dazhi without
visiting Martyrs' Shrine, you didn't come to Dazhi at all. This
is what I've learned from this project. In the beginning, Martyrs'
Shrine was totally strange to me, but after several lectures
and interviews, I have learned the origin of Martyrs' Shrine
and the features of its architecture. Martyrs' Shrine is a famous
tourist attraction for foreign visitors. What they love most
about Martyrs' Shrine is the Guard Mounting performance. Besides
that, I hope this project can make more people know Martyrs'
Tall and good-looking soldiers and crowded tourists who are
busy taking photos are my only two impressions on Martyrs' Shrine
since childhood. Under the hot sun, we Teens visited the honor
guards and had our first contact with them. That was my first
step to explore Martyrs' Shrine. After reviewing our research
projects, we recommend that you stop by Dazhi to visit the solemn
and majestic Martyrs' Shrine. We believe our thorough introduction
will lead you to experience the amazing story and spectacular
architecture of Martyrs' Shrine. Chen Wei
In order to do this project, we almost got to the bottom of
Martyrs' Shrine to dig out every story and each piece of information
about it. In June, 2005, we went to a seminar hosted by Mr.
Lien Yi-Chou. It was the first time that I realized the copious
history background of Martyrs' Shrine. I used to consider Martyrs'
Shrine just a shrine with huge archway entrance guarded by majestic
honor guards. Our instructors led us to look into Martyrs' Shrine's
past through historical, geographical, political and cultural
perspectives. Listening to Mr. Yao, the architect of Martyrs'
Shrine talking about the fantastic history of Martyrs' Shrine,
we saw in his eyes a sense of pride as a hero behind the scenes.
On the other hand, the Tri-force training for sentry is virtually
a mission impossible to us. We admire their tolerance and resistance
from the bottom of our heart. Where there's a will, there's
a way. We finally accomplished our mission to let the world
know our nation's Martyrs' Shrine. Shen Yi-Jiun
Doing this project for CyberFair is a big challenge that inspired
me to learn a great deal of things. I used to live in Dazhi
District and never really noticed Martyrs' Shrine. It never
occurred to me that it has an amazing history of its own. However,
with this opportunity to participate CyberFair, I learned together
with our Teens members, and worked with them to do interviews,
surveys. I've acquired plenty of knowledge about Martyrs' Shrine
and understood its real value to us, which deepens my emotional
attachment to Dazhi District, my hometown. I also think that
doing this project is like reading a fascinating book. Each
time I read it, I read it with smiles and absorbed important
knowledge which I didn't realize that was important to me. We
had a fun and happy time doing this project! Lo Huai-Chi
Participating CyberFair again, I could still feel the sense
of honor of the moment when I went up to the stage and received
the award. However, a hundred percent success requires two hundred
percent efforts. I remember the butterfly in my stomach the
first time I passed out a questionnaire to a foreigner. Magically,
I got used to it and wasn't afraid anymore. I sort of liked
doing survey with foreign tourists, because I got to communicate
with people from different countries. Besides, both the courses
we received and the interviews we did regarding Martyrs' Shrine
have enriched my mind to a great extent. I truly cherish this
second opportunity to participate CyberFair because I think
there's only one word could describe such experience, ¡§Fabulous¡¨!
Thanks to our instructors' guidance and help which allow us
to make this mission accomplished successfully.
I often passed by Martyrs' Shrine without stopping by. I didn't
realize there's so much philosophy in it until I began to do
this research project. We visited Martyrs' Shrine many times
and interviewed many people, such as Mr. Lien Yi-Chou, Professor
Tsai Jin-Tang, Mr. Yao Yuan-Chung, Mr. Lian Hsing-Jian, honor
guards and tourists from everywhere. They have provided us with
a great deal of valuable experience or opinions which was an
eye-opening learning experience to me. I also felt differently
every time I visited Martyrs' Shrine. Whether on sunny days,
on cloudy days, or on rainy days, I always get different impressions
on Martyrs' Shrine. The best symbol of Martyrs' Shrine is definitely
the valiant honor guards. At last I have to express my appreciation
to our school dean, Miss Huei Chin-Yi, Mr. Li Jyun-Jhih, Miss
Huang Shu-Ya and the other school teachers and parents of our
team members. It's great to have you with us! Lai Jian-Yu
Martyrs' Shrine is located nearby Grand Hotel, facing Keelung
River. It was built in 1969, and shares the same architectural
style of Beijing's Tai-he Palace. The grand and majestic Martyrs'
Shrine is one of the famous landmarks of Dazhi District. Visitors
are always amazed by the super cool guards who always stand
in front of the gate 365 days throughout the year. No matter
how you play tricks or make funny faces in front of them, they'd
always remain solemn and stern. We can tell that they must have
received very demanding training for doing this job. This project
allows me to understand more about the architecture of Martyrs'
Shrine. I also especially admire the Guard Mounting performance.
Martyrs' Shrine belongs to our community and we are obliged
to explore what's in it so that we could have a better understanding
of our own hometown. Therefore I've gained a lot from this project.
When I was little, I used to love to go to Martyrs' Shrine to
see Guard Mounting performance, because I thought the honor
guards looked really cool and handsome. Their commanding presence,
neat marching style and well-executed gun handling left a significant
impression in my childhood memory. I used to like to imitate
them doing the gun handling and marching in front of my family.
Therefore, when we decided to use Martyrs' Shrine as our research
topic, I was totally thrilled to do it. Because this time, I
can really get close to them and know them more! Under the guidance
of our teachers and instructors, we initiated our research,
from initial planning, distribution work, searching for information,
organizing information, interviews to participating seminars
regarding this topic, we did it step by step, little by little.
Although our work was complicated and challenging, we felt excited
about everything we learned. We unveiled the mystery of Martyrs'
Shrine gradually and were stunned by its abundant history and
allusions. I would never forget that one time we were able to
interview the honor guards in person! They took our interviews
and had their photos taken by us. Our interview with them was
full of humorous conversations and charming wits. I was surprised
to learn that they not only look cook but also are wise and
humorous. I tried to find out what qualifications a soldier
should have to be an honor guard. Sigh! I have to be more than
180 cm tall and decent looking. That seems like an impossible
dream to me. Finally, our research is accomplished. I am really
touched by the result of our teamwork. We share our project
on this webpage, hoping to let the world know the beauty and
amazing story of Martyrs' Shrine. Of course in the end, I have
to thank our instructors' enthusiastic guidance.
Dean Huei Chin-Yi
to do an interview
Seeing our Teens getting involved in this folklore research,
I was deeply touched. Because right after they participated
the seminar conducted by Mr. Lien Yi-Chou, these young Teens
started to become a young researcher, a young archaeologist,
or a young detective just to unveil the mystery of Martyrs'
Shrine to the world. Designing questionnaires, interviewing
visitors, and visiting well-respected seniors are all new and
novel experiences to the Teens. These experiences can definitely
not acquired through daily school classes. They sacrificed their
own vacations in exchange for such an abundant learning experience;
thus I'm extremely proud of them. Huang
In order to restore the historical value of National Revolutionary
Martyrs' Shrine, we conducted this project with Teens for several
months. We finally made some achievements. We have told the
story of former Martyrs' Shrine, and reported a detailed introduction
to the architecture of Martyrs' Shrine. We contribute our fruitful
result to our school and hopefully this research can arouse
more of people's sympathetic response in our society so that
residents in this community or even our fellow citizens can
have a further understanding of Martyrs' Shrine. Li Jyun-Jhih
We spent nine months conducting this research project. In order
to shoot complete images of three types of honor guards, nine
months is not long at all. To complete a thorough project of
Martyrs' Shrine with students within this time frame, we are
lucky enough to have made it. Of course we have to thank the
administrative officers for tolerating our disturbance from
time to time and also thank them for the convenience they had
offered us. What's more, we thank those well-respected seniors
for providing us with very precious historical documents and
information which allow us to honestly and thoroughly present
the true significance of Martyrs' Shrine. In the end, I have
to express my gratitude to our Teens members. Despite their
heavy schoolwork, they still spent a considerate amount of time
and efforts on this project and make this happen with us.
by Ou Yang Pei-ting(
by the Teens,Taipei Municipal Dazhi Junior High School, Taipei, Taiwan Contact