Ku­lang­su Or­gan Mu­se­um (Eight Di­a­grams Man­sion / Bagua Man­sion) (Ba Gua Lou 八卦楼)

The Ku­lang­su or­gan museum’s beau­ti­ful red dome is vis­i­ble from across the bay in Xi­a­men. The mu­se­um, housed in the old Bagua Man­sion, is one of Kulangsu’s most im­por­tant tourist attractions–both for its im­pres­sive col­lec­tion of or­gans and for its state­ly and im­pos­ing ar­chi­tec­tur­al style.

The Bagua Man­sion, al­so known as Eight Di­a­grams Man­sion, is a good rep­re­sen­ta­tion of ear­ly  Xi­a­men ar­chi­tec­ture. It was con­struct­ed by Tai­wan busi­ness­man Lin Hes­hou and de­signed by Dutch Amer­i­can John Abra­ham Otte, di­rec­tor of Hope Hos­pi­tal, in 1907. Lin Hes­hou as­pired to build a vil­la blend­ing clas­si­cal east­ern and west­ern ar­chi­tec­tur­al styles, but the project was so cost­ly that Lin Hes­hou had to mort­gage his prop­er­ties to get a loan from the Japan­ese-owned “Bank of Taiwan”.

Lin Hes­hou even­tu­al­ly went bank­rupt and, leav­ing the project un­fin­ished, high­tailed it back to Tai­wan, nev­er to re­turn. Af­ter­wards the Japan­ese re­paired the house and set up the “Xuy­ing Study”. Dur­ing the war with Japan, Bagua Man­sion was a refugee asy­lum. Af­ter the war, it was tak­en over by the Kuom­intang government.

Ad­dress: 43 Gux­in  Road, Gu­langyu Is­land, Sim­ing Dis­trict, Xi­a­men City, China