The Nanyue King Museum (Research Center on Nanyue Kingdom History), formed by merging the Museum of the Nanyue King of Western Han Dynasty and the Archaeological Site Museum of Nanyue Kingdom Palace, was inaugurated in Guangzhou on September 8, 2021.
Nanyue Kingdom was founded in 203 BC. The tomb of Zhao Mo, the second king of Nanyue Kingdom, as well as the site of the Nanyue Kingdom Palace carry significant historical, artistic and scientific values. The tomb of Zhao Mo is the largest and best-preserved painted stone-chambered tomb with most abundant funeral objects in Lingnan area. The site of Nanyue Kingdom Palace is the quintessence of Guangzhou, a historic city, among them the Crooked Stone Brook is the earliest and well-preserved waterscape of the imperial garden in the Qin and Han dynasties. The above two sites bear witness to the political, economic and cultural development in Nanyue Kingdom as well as the cultural exchanges between China and foreign countries over 2000 years ago, and therefore reflect the maturing of the Maritime Silk Road and the inclusiveness of Lingnan area during the Qin and Han dynasties.
The merged museum is composed of two exhibition areas: palace and tombs. The total floor space is nearly 45,000 square meters with the presentation of three cultural sites in its original manner. Permanent exhibitions and temporary exhibitions are both provided to the audience. The museum boasts of copious collections with 245 items (sets) being ranked as first-grade national treasures.
Source: Culture & Tourism, The Paper