Museum of Nanyue King is the oldest and largest king's tomb

29/08/2013 10:19

Museum of Nanyue King is the oldest and largest king's tomb with the most funerary objects in South China. Hidden 20 meters (65.6 feet) underground, it unearthed more than ten thousand rarity cultural relics such as "the golden stamp of Wen Emperor" and "the king's gold-embroidered jade suit". Zhao Mei, the owner of the tomb, is the second king of Nanyue State of the Western Han Dynasty (206 B.C.-24 A.D.).With an area of 100 ㎡, the tomb is divided into two parts by a stone gate. The coffin of the owner is placed in the middle of the main chamber with abundant of treasures and articles for daily life use. 15 slaves were buried along with the emperor. The tomb and all the treasures are important historical relics which have significance on the study of Guangzhou's history and the development of economy, politics and culture.

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.
The studio in the comprehensive exhibition building shows videos on the excavation of the tomb for free (available in Mandarin, Cantonese, Minnan Language, English, French, German, Japanese and Spanish). Travelers can obtain some relevant materials about the Museum for free in the museum's hall.