An ancient port since the Qing Dynasty, Lanyang Museum (LYM) was once a bustling transportation hub, where ships come in and out of the harbor every day, bringing daily necessities for the local residents. It was also a cultural highlight where customs were exchanged and communicated. Having been the center of culture and economy, it makes it extremely meaningful for LYM to be constructed here.
Designed by Taiwanese architect Chris Yao, the appearance of the museum resembles the shapes of the mountains often seen in the northeast corner of Taiwan. It demonstrates a harmonic combination of architecture and the nature.
The museum is the gateway for visitors to get to know Yilan, as exhibitions disclose the culture and history of the Lanyang plain. Documents passed down from local ancestors allow visitors the glimpse through the old times and the growth of Lanyang.
The four floors of the museum are distinguished by their interior designs, which had been styled with a different characteristic of the nature. The four floors are namely the floor of the mountains, floor of the plains, floor of the ocean and floor of time. Together they present the geographic environment and the culture of Yilan.