New exhibit links Oc Eo to ancient India

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Two new exhibition halls at the Ho Chi Minh City Museum of Vietnamese History, were inaugurated on Tuesday with 439 artifacts from the ancient Cham and Oc Eo cultures that link the two civilizations with ancient India.

The artifacts â€" gold, bronze, copper, gemstone, sandstone, pottery and wood â€" date from the 7th-15th centuries.

The collection, considered one of the most complete Cham and Oc Eo collections in the world, indicates a close trade relationship between the Mekong Delta and India at least as early as the seventh century.

The two showrooms are the result of a five-year cooperation between Vietnamese and French authorities. French experts are currently helping Vietnam modernize four other museums. The museum is located at 2 Nguyen Binh Khiem St., Dist. 1.

Source: Thanh Nien

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