The Gallery of President Chiang Kai-shek’s Office

The Gallery of President Chiang Kai-shek’s Office, which is a recreation of his original office, was opened to the public on October 31, 1994. All the furniture, accessories and other furnishings are in their original position in the Presidential Office. Visitors can also see an extremely lifelike wax sculpture of President Chiang Kai-shek by renowned sculptor Lin Chien-cheng sitting behind his desk.

 

Initially, the Presidential Office was located on the west side of Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall (near the collection storage room). It was later moved to Room 6 of the Exhibition Hall of Historical Relics of Chiang Kai-shek on the east side of the Memorial Hall. In 2014, to enhance the historical accuracy and spatial atmosphere of the display, President Chiang’s original office (currently called Taiwan Green Hall) was measured, restoring the corridor, Reception Room and Presidential Office in all their original glory. Multimedia content was also added as part of the display to enhance the visitor experience. The newly restored gallery was reopened to the public on January 20, 2015.

 

From photographs at Academia Historica, it is clear that the furniture in the Presidential Office, including the desk, was rearranged many times. Moreover, the ROC flag, bookcases, Madame Chiang’s paintings, maps and other decorative items served as background, with vases, gifts from friends, engravings and a globe frequently appearing in images of the office. The re-creation creates a scene that almost appears frozen in time.