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Western Han Nanyue King's Tomb Museum

Guangzhou-Western Han Nanyue Kings Tomb Museum

The Western Han Nanyue King Tomb Museum is a new-style museum centered around Nanyue King Tomb, which has born witness to the 2,000 year history of Guangzhou City. Located in Yuexiu Park, on Mt. Xianggang, the site is famed for its well preserved tomb, abundant relics from the Western Han Dynasty (206 BC - 24 AD) and its elegant architecture.

The tomb was discovered in 1983. After investigation experts proved that this was the mausoleum of the second King, Zhao Mei who ruled Nanyue State (203 BC - 111 BC). The chamber, a 20 meter (about 66 feet) underground palace imitating the living residence of Nanyue King, was built using red sandstone. There are a total of seven rooms divided into two sections by stone doors: three front rooms and four back rooms. The king lived in the middle of the back part. Many relics were found during the excavation, the majority of which are made from bronze. There are also paintings, drinking vessels, instruments, ivory, weapons and pieces of blue glass.

These findings prove that from the time of the Nanyue State or even earlier, Guangzhou had already developed a marine trade with Persia and other countries along the eastern coastal fringe of Africa. A silk-jade garment the king wore and a golden seal are two of the most valuable relics found. The Silk-jade garment was what the dead kings would be clothed during the time of the Western Han Dynasty, and the dazzling one here is the only known example at present. Seals are commonly found in Chinese history, most of which are made of bronze, jade or crystal, but this golden seal is unique. With such an already well-preserved site of cultural artifacts, it was decided that a museum should be established on the spot. The combination of the Exhibition Complex, Tomb Site and Principal Exhibition Building together create a fascinating tomb museum.

Admission Fee: CNY 15
Opening Hours: 09:00 to 17:30
Time for a Visit:
One hour
Bus Route: 7, 24, 58, 87, 244, 273, 182, 519, 528, 552

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