In Lukang Folk Arts Museum (鹿港民俗文物館), there are six thousands collections of daily-life artifacts, such as cloths, jewelry, musical instruments, furniture, and books, since Qing Dynasty. The museum itself used to be Koo family’s* mansion, one of the most important noble families in Taiwan. The mansion was the finest Western style building in Japanese Colonial Era in Lukang. In 1973, Koo family donated their house and their collections. Afterwards, people can get in this big house, experience their luxury life, and appreciate these historical items.
The main building was Baroque style and was established in 1919 in Japanese Colonial Era. In the same period, the designer of Koo’s mansion also built Presidential Office Building. Every element of structures in Folk Arts Museum is symmetry., Gable with relief of flowers in the middle hall, two domes on two sides, and red bricks with white concrete make this building a classic one. Beside the main building, there is a old Fujianese style house which is more than 200 years.
Lukang Folk Arts Museum is the place where you can understand how people lived in the past two hundred years. Not emperor is life, but local folks life.
* Koo Hsien-jung (辜顯榮February 2, 1866 – December 9, 1937) was a Taiwanese businessman and politician who enjoyed strong links to the Japanese colonial administration of Taiwan. Depending on exclusive rights of trading sugar and salt, he made his family become one of the richest families in Taiwan. His company, Koos Group, is the largest business group in Taiwan.