Guangzhou Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall, China
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Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall
People built the hall to commemorated Dr. Sun Yat-Sen, a revolutionist for he had upset the corrupt empire of Ch'ing Dynasty and established a brand new era for Chinese.
The hall lies in Dongfeng Road of Guangzhou City and is called the "Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall". This building was once used as an official site for the Ch'ing Dynasty, now, it is one of the protected national monuments of historical relics.
The building was once the presidential hall when Dr. Sun Yat-sen was the President of China in 1921. In 1922, the building was partially destroyed by a coup. Later, on March 12, 1925 Dr. Sun dies in Nanjing, after his death the locals and Chinese overseas raised funds to rebuild the partial damaged structure.
The construction took placed in 1929, and completed in 1931. There were many historic events took placed in this building. For instance, this building was seriously damaged by the Japanese in WW II, yet on September 17th, 1945, Japan Imperial Army signed their agreement and surrendered to the Government of China here.
Dr. Sun Yat-Sen's Memorial Hall is an octagon shape palace. The complex area covers 6 hectares and the structure area is 12,000 square meters.
"The World is for All" written by Dr. Sun, this tablet is hang above the front entrance of the hall. Colorful painting, red stone columns, and flower patterns ceilings decorated this hall. Besides the 30 meters iron frame, in the center of the hall, there is no column in the building; this is to keep the echo inside the hall to a minimum.
The hall has two floors and can hold a large gathering of 5,000 people. It is also a complex carried traditional Chinese architectural style.
There is a tall standing statue of Dr. Sun in front of the memorial. The article of The Fundamentals of National Reconstruction written by Dr. Sun on April 12th 1924, was carved on the pedestal below the standing statue.
Since 1949, the Government of China has overhauled the building and the surrounding environment for more than seven times. Today, you will find modern facilities inside this memorial hall. If you travel to the City of Guang Zhou, this historic site is one that you do not want to ignore.