Nanjing Massacre Memorial Hall is built under the administration of Nanjing People’s Government in 1985 to commemorate the victims sacrificed in Nanjing Massacre committed by Japanese on December 13th in 1937 after the Japanese attacked and occupied Nanjing during the World War II. It is located in the southwestern corner of Nanjing near “pit of ten thousand corpses”, a site where thousands of bodies were buried during the massacre. It was opened to public on August 15th, 1985 and was enlarged in 1995. Built with gray marbles, the hall is quite impressive and solemn, which is home to historical documents, cultural relics, art and sculptures.
The Nanjing Massacre Memorial Hall could be divided into three parts, Outdoor Exhibits, Skeletal Remains as well as Exhibition Hall. The Outdoor Exhibits is composed of statues, sculptures, relief carvings, tablets, a large wall listing the names of victims, atonement tablet, memorial walkway, atoning monument as well as grasslands. The Skeletal Remains is coffin-shaped, where some victims’ skeletal remains excavated from the “pit of ten thousand corpses” is displayed. The Exhibition Hall is grave-shaped, where more than 1000 precious historical photos, cultural relics, charts and other witnessing massacre documents are displayed.
Appling the modern displaying methods of light box, sand table, clay sculpture, oil painting, see-view restoration, the Nanjing Massacre Memorial Hall reappeared the miserable history of Nanjing Massacre and exposed the bloody atrocities committed by Japanese. Now the hall has become the important place for praying peace and exchanging history and culture of the world. Meanwhile, it is also the national patriotism education demonstration base.
Admission Fee: None Location: 418, Jiangdongmen Street, Nanjing
How to get to: Take the bus No7, 37, 61, 63, and get off at Cha Nan (Nanjing Massacre Memorial Hall)
Opening Time: 8:30-16:30, closed on Monday