19th century artifacts on display in Hai Phong

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Three hundred artifacts depicting Vietnamese daily life in late 19th century are on display at Hai Phong Province's museum.

Many of the artifacts are presented for the first time. Nguyen Ba Thanh Long, vice chairman of Hai Phong Antiques Association, said that many of exhibited items are borrowed from his association's members.

"Although the objects are not enough, they can still partly reflect the Vietnamese people's life in previous century. The young generation can learn more about their ancestors' interesting life," Long said.

In the first day of the exhibition, many visitors were impressed by the original century-old items, such as a bowl, copper tray, tea pot and phonograph that are still in good condition.

A bed, originating from the Nguyen Dynasty and made of valuable timber, was a big attraction. The bed was entirely decorated with sophisticated carvings, inlaid with helix and vignettes inspired from the dragon, kylin, tortoise and phoenix.

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