At the end of World War II in 1945, the government of the Republic of China assigned Chen Yi, who knew little about Taiwan, as the island's governor-general. Chen brought into Taiwan the Chinese style of hegemony and "rule by man" which resulted in odious policies and discrimination against the local people, not to mention poor ethical behavior by the officials in his administration, a worsening economy, inflation, and surging unemployment. All of these stoked the general public's discontent with the government. On Feb. 27, 1947, government agents ignited the public's anger when they accidentally shot and killed an innocent passerby while beating a female vendor who was peddling unlicensed cigarettes. Many people took to the streets the next day, demanding that the government hand over the agents who were responsible for the shooting and beating. The protesters were shot by law enforcement officials, and casualties were reported. The massacre triggered an island wide revolt......



The 228 Memorial Foundation is an non-profit corporation established by the government according to law to deal with the aftermath of the 228 Incident. It consists of a policy-making body and an executive department:

  • Board of directors
  • Supervisors
  • Executive department


The foundation offers material compensation and spiritual consolation to 228 Massacre victims. Its operations since 1995 include the following,

  • Meting out monetary compensation
  • Searching for the truth behind the massacre and making it known to the public
  • Healing historical wounds and rehabilitation of victims
  • Promoting reconciliation among different ethnic groups

Priorities of Foundation after It's Transformation

The government decided in 2007 to transform the foundation into a permanent institute devoted to commemorating the 228 Massacre through education and cultural activities. Its priorities in the future will be as follows:

  • Setting up a national memorial museum
  • Collecting and storing artifacts
  • Spreading the historical and cultural significance of the massacre

Conclusion & Prospects

In 2006, the government decided to turn the foundation into a permanent institute in charge of running the National 228 Memorial Museum with the mission of keeping the memory of the 228 Massacre alive through education and cultural activities. It also serves as a platform for international exchanges to materialize the transitional justice and to pass down the massacre's historical significance in order to reverse the 400-year-old self-denying heritage of the Taiwanese people.


Visiting & Public transportation

  • Open to the public daily from 10:00 to 17:00 except on Monday, and other off day announced by the 228 national Memorial.
    No. 1, No. 204, No. 630, get off at "Jianguo Senior High School" bus stop
    No. 243, No. 248, No. 262, No. 304, No. 706, got off at the "Zhongzheng 2nd police Distric" bus stop
    Other buses on Nanchang Road, please get off at "Nanchang Road" bus stop
  • BY MRT:
    To take the MRT to the “Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall” station and leave the MRT station from Exits 1 and 2. After leaving the station, turn to Nanhai Road and walk to Nanhai Road and Chongqing South Road Section 2 intersection. Then cross the second section of Chongqing South Road, you can reach us.