Ho Chi Minh City exhibition displays ASEAN antiques

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An exhibition featuring antiques from Southeast Asian countries opened Tuesday, April 24 at the Museum of Vietnamese History in Ho Chi Minh City.

Jointly organized by the museum and the Hanoi-based Vietnam National Museum of History, the exhibition includes 216 items from the first AD years to 19th century.

The antiques were found in Cambodia, Malaysia, Myanmar, East Timor, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

Prominent among the items are a golden hat of Cham ethnic minority group in Vietnam, a wooden Buddha statue from Laos and a bronze drum from Myanmar.

According to Tran Thi Thuy Phuong, director of the museum in Ho Chi Minh City, the similar histories of the countries in the area since the prehistoric period has seen similar cultures develop, especially during the Stone Age.

The similarities as well as cooperation in various fields between the nations are being strengthened under the auspices of ASEAN, she said.

The exhibition will remain open at 2 Nguyen Binh Khiem Street, District 1, until November 30.

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