The National Synchrotron Radiation Research Center operates a 1.5 GeV photon source, which was designed and constructed domestically and became operational in October of 1993. In April 1994, its beamlines were opened for service to researchers in diverse basic and applied fields. In recent years, many new research instruments have been added to the light source, turning the center into a world-class facility with state-of-the-art research capabilities in the vacuum-ultraviolet and soft X-ray energy regions. A second project is currently underway, called the 'Taiwan Photon Source'. This will be a 3GeV facility, 518 meters in circumference, and will be ready to accept users in 2016.