Memorial hall shut down for plaque replacement

The Taiwan Democracy Memorial Hall was closed to the public at 9am Thursday for three days as ordered by the Ministry of Education to facilitate the replacement of a controversial inscription on the hall's main gate.
The MOE intends to replace the inscription bearing the Chinese characters "Ta Chung Chih Cheng," an allusion to the late President Chiang Kai-shek, with one that reads "Tzu You Kuang Chang," or "Liberty Square."
Hundreds of police were deployed to maintain order and keep traffic flowing at the site. Only staff at the hall and ticket-holders to performances at the National
Theater and National Concert Hall, which are within the perimeters of the hall, will be granted access to the site during the three-day period, according to police.
In the morning, scores of tourist coaches carrying visitors from Japan, Malaysia and China arrived at the hall, a landmark in Taipei.
Both the MOE and the Taipei city government have designated the hall as a historic site and have jurisdiction over the park. The Taipei city government, which opposes the plan to replace the inscription, has traded barbs with the MOE over the issue over the past several days.
The hall, formerly known as the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, was inaugurated in 1980 to commemorate the late president. It was renamed early this year.