Almost 165 antiques dating from Vietnam’s Nguyen Dynasty in the 19th century are currently on display in Gyeongju in the Republic of Korea (RoK) from February 28 - March 15.
The exhibition is a joint effort between the Gyeongju National Museum and the Monuments Conservation Centre in the former imperial city of Hue.
On addressing the opening ceremony, Gyeongju Mayor Choi Yang-rak and the Gyeongju Museum’s Director Yi Young-hoon said they hoped that the exchanges and cooperation between the countries in general and the two twinned cities in particular would prosper in the future.
Vietnamese Ambassador in the RoK Tran Trong Toan thanked the staff at Gyeongju’s Museum and the Hue Monuments Conservation Centre for organising the event, saying that he believed that the exhibition will prove popular with both RoK and Vietnamese visitors.
The antiques, such as ceramics, books cast in bronze and old royal clothes, help to offer an insight into the history and culture of the Southeast Asian nation under the Nguyen Dynasty (1802-1945) as well as many other similarities between the two countries.
Earlier, a similar exhibition was held in the RoK National Palace Museum from November 9, 2010 to February 6, 2011.