It’s been told the Yilan County itself is a museum with its natural and cultural resources characterized by both ecological and ethnical diversity. Add the warmth and hospitality of the people of Yilan with their vibrant culture; it’s no surprise that more and more people want to learn about this northern Taiwan region. The Lanyang Museum then serves as a place to do just that. The main mission of the Lanyang Museum is to bring together the local resources of the Yilan County through books and displays. It also aims to promote activities that are geared towards recreation and tourism to ensure the sustained development of the museum… and that is precisely what Yilan is all about.
The museum of Lanyang is located on the exact site of the Wushi Port, also known as the Black Rock, in which masses of vessels came and went through during the Qing Dynasty. The famous harbor was not only an artery for the materials needed by the Yilan people but it was also an important hub of cultural and economical exchange of Yilan to the outside world. The museum was then erected on the same site to symbolize that the culture of Yilan has broken new ground and has reached new heights and milestones. Now one thing that undoubtedly stands out about the museum is its structure. The architecture of the museum was inspired by local natural elements. The building is the work of Architect Kris Yao who incorporated a cuesta into the design, which is a gentle tilting stone escarpment commonly found in the northeastern Taiwan Coast. The cuesta was then built into the design of the museum’s building so that the structure would be able to blend into the natural environment. From a distance, the museum looks like a huge black rock, but up close, visitors will discover a unique beauty that naturally coexists with its surroundings.
The Lanyang Plains area is characterized by the perfect blend of the mountains and sea. The museum wanted to attain that kind of perfection in its exhibition area, which has displays suggestive of the geographical and spatial character of the Yilan County. See a variety of local mountains, plains and the ocean that convey the idea of working together with the environment.
Displays inside the museum take advantage of the building’s distinct character. This includes the Introductory Exhibition, the Mountains, Plains and Ocean Level as well as Time Corridor Exhibitions that are spread over the structure’s four floors. All of this then suggests the entire geographical and cultural context of the Yilan County. Aside from the high-tech exhibits of Yilan, the museum also displays masterworks of Yilan craft. It also covers the original inhabitants of the country as well as the flora and fauna exclusively found in Yilan.
The museum is undoubtedly a popular tourist destination, which is why it can get crowded even on the weekdays. Entrance is free and this gives visitors all the more reason to visit. Indeed, the Lanyang Museum itself is worth a stop if only to admire the building itself.