The gateway to Yilan
As n ancient port since the Qing Dynasty, Lanyang Museum (LYM) was once a bustling transportation hub, where ships came 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 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 have a glimpse of 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 nature. The four floors are namely the floor of the mountains, floor of the plains, the floor of ocean and floor of time. Together they present the geographic environment and the culture of Yilan.
When you enter the museum, you will first meet the rain-drop lights which are designed to resemble the drizzling rain often seen in Yilan. Further on are rock specimens collected locally on display for visitors to look and touch. This interaction exhibition is aimed to be the introduction of landscapes, weather and other geographic characteristics of the county.
On the fourth floor, also known as the floor of the mountains, you will find yourself strolling around at a forest-like area. It is the misty forests of Yilan. The climate and mountains bring high humidity to the county, which in turn cultivates a diversity of eco-systems.
Representation of nature and culture
Coming down to the third floor is the floor of the plains. The exhibition focuses on the influences of rivers towards local society, the lifestyle of people and the whole economy. Farm, terraces, seeds, and harvested rice can all be seen here. The second floor, the floor of ocean, is designed with the concept of the convergence of the rivers and the sea. Installation arts in the appearance of flying fish and waterfowl bring vividness to exhibitions.