The Yilan County Cultural Affairs Bureau has nurtured and inspired the citizens’ spiritual lifestyles. It is a large yellow building located in the southwestern part of Yilan. In May 1979, plans were made to promote the community education and cultural industry of the Lanyang area. The government decided the current spot to construct an area of 4.9863 hectares building. The construction was completed and opened on May 20th, 1984.
In 2000, the Yilan County Cultural Affairs Bureau was reorganized into five divisions, namely Culture Development, Library Information, Visual Arts, Performing Arts, and Cultural Heritage. The Taiwan Opera Museum and the Institute of Yilan County History are also under the Bureau. Both of them collect comprehensive information of Yilan’s cultural and natural resources.
In order to hold activities such as music, dance and theater, the nation’s first three-sided stage was built in the Performance Hall. With Yilan style architecture, it was opened for performances in April of 1998 which is the focal point for artistic and cultural performances in Yilan.
Beside the official structure, a consultative meeting for cultural policy development and advisement is established. In 1992 the Advisory Committee for diverse cultural and art team were established. In addition to promote culture, the cultural volunteer group was setup in 1990, making it easier for the Cultural Bureau to promote Lanyang’s cultural development and increasing its social and educational function.