Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Western Han Nanyue King's Tomb Museum, Guangzhou

The second Nanyue King Zhao Mo's tomb, discovered in 1983, is the most precious historical cultural heritage of Guangzhou, and is one of the major archaeological discoveries in China.

The Western Han Nanyue King's Tomb Museum (南越王墓博物馆) was built centred on the original tomb site. Permanent exhibitions include the original tomb site, exhibition of the treasures unearthed, as well as a special exhibition of ceramic pillows.

Hidden 20 metres underground, the tomb is the earliest stone tomb with colourful mural paintings in the area of South China.

The original tomb site
Different sections of the tomb as labelled
Inside the tomb
More than one thousand relics were unearthed, and these reflect the development of the Kingdom's politic, economy and culture back in 2,000 years ago. A silk-jade garment made up of 2,291 pieces of jade connected by silk thread is the spotlight of the museum.

The ceramic pillows on display are donated by renowned Hong Kong collector and industrialist, Mr Yeung Wing Tak and his wife Madame Yeung Cheung Shui Ching. The pillows on display dated back from the Tang to Yuan Dynasty, most produced during the Song and Jin Dynasties. The pillows come in various designs and shapes, such as ingot-shaped, rectangular-shaped and lotus leaf-shaped, to name a few.

This is just a picture of the pillows.
We are not allowed to take photos of the real pillows on exhibition.
There's a Gun Fort / Gongji Casenate (供极炮台), located in front of the musuem, with a few cannons on display.


RMB 12

Opening Hours

09:00 to 17:30
Ticketing stops at 16:45
Open all year round, except 28 Feb and 31 Aug, whereby both days are closed for maintenance.

Getting There

Exit from Exit E of Yuexiu Park Subway Station (Line 2). Once you are out from the station, keep right and walk until you reach the museum on your right.

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