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Museum of the Mausoleum of the Nanyue King

Museum of the Mausoleum of the Nanyue King

Tour Code : C2221
Type : Museum
City / Province : Guangzhou
Built in : Han Dynasty

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The Museum of the Western Han Dynasty Mausoleum of the Nanyue King is the oldest and largest Han tomb with the most funerary objects in Lingnan Area. As one of the 80 famous museums in the world, it covers 14,000 square meters with 10 exhibition halls.

Museum of the Mausoleum of the Nanyue King

     The Museum of the Western Han Dynasty Mausoleum of the Nanyue King houses the 2,000-year-old tomb of the Nanyue King Zhao Mo in Guangzhou, China. Zhao Mo ruled from 137 BC to 122 BC, and his tomb was discovered in downtown Guangzhou in 1983. The museum, which opened in 1988, showcases the tomb and its complete trove of artifacts.
  The mausoleum and museum complex occupies an area of 17,400 m2,  Hidden 20 meters underground, the tomb is made up of 750 huge stones with colorful murals. The over 1,000 pieces of cultural relics, bronzeware and terra cotta ware in particular, feature the Yue Culture of Lingnan .
  The tomb was discovered in 1983 and is nearly 11 meters long and over 12 meters wide. It is divided in seven parts, with a front chamber, east and west wing rooms, the main coffin chamber, east and west side rooms, and a back storage chamber.
  Among the antiques found in the Tomb of the Nanyue King, jade-work is one of the most important. There are jades for ceremonies, funerals, decorations and practical usage in more than 200 varieties. They are the first collection of jades from the tombs of the Han Dynasty which are large in number, plentiful in variety and well preserved. Besides these, the museum also displays dozens of styles of pottery pillows and porcelain pillows from the Tang Dynasty, Yuan Dynasty and the Ming Dynasty. This amazing museum collection also includes a great many ancient kilns.
  The layout of the modern museum combines two exhibition buildings with the ancient tomb while maintaining an emphasis of the dignity and centrality of the well-preserved tomb. The museum not only displays these antiques in the long term but also often holds temporary exhibitions to present the development of human civilization from different regions. Today, the Museum of the Nanyue King has become an important educational place to learn the history of Guangzhou.

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