Hanoi opens region's first Southeast Asia Museum

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Visitors take a look at artifacts on the inauguration day of the Southeast Asia Museum in Hanoi December 1. The museum is the first of its kind in the region

Southeast Asia's first Southeast Asia-focused museum opened December 1 in Hanoi after six years of construction.

The kite-shape building, called The Southeast Asia Museum, covers an area of 7,000 square meters within the Museum of Ethnology on Nguyen Van Huyen Street in Cau Giay District. It is home to over 2,000 artifacts, maps, documents, photos and videos exploring the culture of all 11 countries in the region.

The artifacts are classified into five themes, Daily Life; Social Activities; Garments; Performing Arts; and Religion.

The four-storey building will also display three rare collections donated by Japanese Prof Karenko, Vietnamese-French professor Nguyen Thanh Khoi and Italian researcher Rosaria next year.

Several cultural activities were held on inauguration day, including folk dances by Thai and Laotian artists, workshops on handicraft puppet-making, painting and postcard making featuring cultural heritages in the region.

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