Museum of the Western Han Dynasty Mausoleum of the Nanyue King, Guangzhou

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Step back 2,000 years into Museum of the Western Han Dynasty Mausoleum of the Nanyue King, a cultural institution housing the tomb of Nanyue King Zhao Mo, designated a Major National Historical Site in 1996. Ruling between 137 BCE and 122 BCE, Zhao Mo was buried with an impressive array of treasures, with excavations discovering more than 1,000 burial artifacts, including a chariot, musical instruments, and human remains (15 servants were buried alive with the king to serve him in the afterlife). The silk and jade garment the king was buried in, made up of 2,291 pieces of jade, represents one of the main highlights of the large museum. Plan to see Museum of the Western Han Dynasty Mausoleum of the Nanyue King and other attractions that appeal to you using our Guangzhou itinerary maker.
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  • A well-designed new museum. Good displays as well as explanations for backgrounds well worth the admission fee. It was said to provide free video guides but I forgot to look for it.  more »
  • The museum is composed mainly of three structures – the three-storey comprehensive exhibition hall, the burial site of the Nanyue King and another two-storey exhibition hall behind the tomb. You can s...  more »
  • This is an excellent museum, NOT to miss when i n the city. Beautiful buildings, excellent exhibition, a lot to learn, simply the place to see.  more »
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  • A Concise and great overview of the ancient history of the city. Guangzhou has deep history and you can glimpse so of it here.
  • Very interesting museum. The exhibition is tremendous and you don't need an Audio guide as clear English descriptions are available. You can walk to the museum, if you have a hotel in the center.
  • Now it's free of charge to enter the Place.
  • Excellent museum with wonderful objects from the tomb that are displayed well in a good space. My only quibble applies to many of the displays of fine old jade in Chinese museums - the lighting is too dim and this makes it very hard to discern the details of the craftsmanship and design.
  • Must see museum in Canton!

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