The Museum of the Western Han Dynasty Mausoleum of the Nanyue King (Chinese: 西汉南越王博物馆 Cantonese: Sai Hon Nam Yuet Wong Mou Bok Mat Gun) houses the 2,000-year-old tomb of the Nanyue King Zhao Mo in Guangzhou. 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. It was named a Major National Historical Site in 1996 and is renowned for its rare assemblage of funerary artifacts representing the diffusion of cultures throughout the Lingnan region during the Han dynasty.
The mausoleum and museum complex occupies an area of 17,400 m2 (187,000 sq ft). Hidden 20 meters (65.6 feet) 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 (Nanyue Culture). Represented also are traces of central Chinese culture, the Chu culture of south China, the Bashu culture of southwest China, the culture from the northern grassland, and even foreign cultures.
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Ian Liu | Jan 18, 2018
Reasonable price only 12 yuan + disc for students and elderly. This place is well maintained and wonderful. Amazing historical sites. The staff is friendly and helpful. Fun for kids and adults. Huge and spacious. Clean rest room. Large parking area. Recomended.
Dan Guerrard | Feb 13, 2018
Very good museum. I especially enjoyed the ancient musical instruments.
Hamza Hamadouchi | Jul 25, 2017
Entrance fee: 12yuan/person (discounts for students, kids and seniors). Great place to visit if you have any interest in Chinese history. The museum was built on top of the Nanyue King's tomb, and offers a great insight about the rich past of the southern kingdom of the Han dynasty. The place is great to take kids to; the museum organises activities for children quite often. Make sure to give yourself plenty of time if you wish to cover all parts of the museum (2h15m for us in a rush).
Fred Pinczuk | Jan 28, 2018
Only wish more of the displays had English written translations, but otherwise a great museum.
Jeffrey Young | Oct 25, 2017
A Concise and great overview of the ancient history of the city. Guangzhou has deep history and you can glimpse some of it here.
Priscilla Lim | Apr 3, 2018
Although this museum cannot be compared to the Terracotta warriors in Xi-an in terms of scale and grandeur, it is nevertheless, a very interesting museum. They even have a playroom for children in case they get bored! The highlight of our visit was the lacquered coffin of the Nanyue King which is at the rear of the building and can be found atop a flight of stairs. They do have an interesting array of ceramics and an audio-visual show which plays at various intervals. Prior to our visit here, we were under the impression that most of the historical artifacts in Chinese history are to be found in Beijing and Xi-an. This visit is definitely worthwhile and one should plan to spend at least 2 hours. We would rate this museum as 4.5-4.8 out of a possible score of 5!!!
Petra Vřesová | Mar 21, 2018
One of the most amazing museum I've ever been. Sensitive exposure of funeral equipment of old king and his servants, concubines, guards. It's very interesting to learn about the history of this part of the world. Top one "must see" for history lovers in Guangzhou.
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