Lin An Tai Historical House & Museum

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Architecture

A Guide to the Main Building

 Lin An Tai Historical House is a building imitating the Fukienese style construction in the Ming and Ching dynasties, which is with a internal court, 2 halls, swallow-tailed roof ridges and 5 wings. Left starts from the eldest and 3nd wings and right extends from the 2nd and 4th wings, accordingly such structure is compliant with the Chinese constructional layout of left being higher and right being lower in terms of the social status.

 Should rooms be added the 2 sides in front of mail hall are called "Hulong "(also is called east and west wings in Mainland China) and can serve as bedrooms or guestroom (locally named "King-ya" or "Kay-king").

 The construction of such building is based on lower front and upper back structure with a square internally which signifies rising up to the high level by steps, furthermore, it signifies everything can complete perfectly. Also it has very good effects for adjusting the temperature of winter and summer, not to mention its ventilation and sun exposure.

The Layout of Main Building
The Layout of Main Building


1.Main Hall, 2.Gate Hall, 3.First Room, 4.Second Room, 5.Third Room 6.Forth Room, 7.First Eastern Wing, 8.Second Eastern Wing, 9.First Western Wing, 10.Second Western Wing, 11.Internal Court, 12. Left-ear Room 13.Right-ear Room, 14.Front Gallery, 15.Back Gallery, 16.Worshiping Articles Rooms, 17.Dragon Pond, 18.Tiger Pond, 19.Sun Well, 20.Moon Well, 21.Left External Hulong, 22.Right External Hulong, 23.Study Room, 24.Dragon Well, 25.Tiger Well

1.Main Hall

Mail hall is the second entrance on the central line where for enshrining ancestors and gods, receiving guests and holding ceremonies and festivals.

Main Hall

2.Gate Hall

Gate hall is the first entrance on the central line where for controlling security and receiving guests. Presently, it is named as the An Tai Hall.

Gate Hall

3.First Room

A bedroom for the eldest family
Now a wooden bed, a wardrobe, a dressing table, a washing stand and a clothes stand are in the room.

First Room

4.Second Room

A bedroom for the family in second position
Now a wooden bed, a dressing table, a washing stand and a clothes stand are in the room.

Second Room

5.Third Room

A bedroom for the family in third position
Now a wooden bed, a wardrobe, a dressing table, a washing stand, a clothes stand, a table, chairs and a wooden stool are in the room.

Third Room

6.Forth Room

A bedroom for the family in the forth position
Now a wooden bed, a wardrobe, a dressing table, a washing stand, a clothes stand, a table, chairs, a wooden stool and a bamboo cradle are in the room.

Forth Room

7.First Eastern Wing

This room is located on the eastern side of house and for the junior generations living in. Presently, they are a book case, a big chair for lying and living pictures of Lin family in it.

First Eastern Wing

8.Second Eastern Wing

This room is located on the eastern side of house. Presently, it is laid out as an accounting office.

Second Eastern Wing

9.First Western Wing

This room is located on the western side of house and for the junior generations living in. Presently, they are a wooden chair, small tables, a big chair for lying and an old clock in it.

First Western Wing

10.Second Western Wing

This room is located on the western side of house and for the junior generations living in. Presently, they are a dressing stand, a wardrobe and a wooden bed in it.

Second Western Wing

11.Internal Court

An open space in the internal position of house

Internal Court

12.Left-ear Room

A room beside the gate hall
At present, a pedigree, a money case, chairs and small tables are in it.

Left-ear Room

13.Right-ear Room

A room beside the gate hall
At present, an offering stand, a table cloth, an incense burner and an incense burner base are in it.

Right-ear Room

14.Front Gallery 15.Back Gallery

A passage way in front of the gate hall
A passage way in back of the main hall

14.Front Gallery 15.Back Gallery

16.Worshiping Articles Rooms

Presently, a Drum Stand and the awarded pictures of Northern Taiwan Ma-zu Festival are in them.

Worshiping Articles Rooms

17.Dragon Pond

An open space between the third room and the left-side rooms(Left Hulong)
Now a stone mortar is in the space.

Dragon Pond

18.Tiger Pond

An open space between the forth room and the right-side rooms(Right Hulong)

Tiger Pond

19.Sun Well

An open space between the eastern wing and left-side rooms(Left Hulong)

Sun Well

20.Moon Well

An open space between the western wing and right side rooms(Right Hulong)

Moon Well

21.Left External Hulong

These rooms are located on the left side(turn back on the mail hall) of house and for the junior generations living in, presently, they are used for the exhibition rooms. In addition, a restaurant, a kitchen and a guest room are also included.

Left External Hulong

22.Right External Hulong

These rooms are located on the right side(turn back on the mail hall) of house and for the junior generations living in, presently, they are used for the exhibition rooms. In addition, a nursery room and a guest room are also included.

Right External Hulong

23.書房

A room for the children of Lin family studying in

Study Room

24.Dragon Well

A construction for taking water from the underground(located on the eastern side of house)

Dragon Well

25.Tiger Well

A construction for taking water from the underground(located on the western side of house)

Tiger Well

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  • Source: Department of Civil Affairs,Taipei City Government