Southeast Asian cultures on display in Hanoi

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An exhibition on Southeast Asian cultures has opened at the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology in Hanoi.

The "A Glimpse into Southeast Asia" exhibition introduces 42 artifacts including costumes, lacquer work and Indonesian glass paintings.

The event is a precursor to a permanent "Southeast Asia Cultures" division in the museum's new premises when it opens next year. The new building, named "Kite", is part of a Vietnamese-French project aiming to preserve Vietnam's heritage.

The project ends this year after a two-year extension from its initial schedule.

To prepare for the future permanent display, museum staff traveled to the nine other countries in the region for several years, collecting artifacts particular to their cultures. The museum has thus far collected more than 2,000 artifacts, 8,000 photos and 3,000 video tapes from different Southeast Asian cultures.

The current exhibition, which kicked off on Monday, will remain open at the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology, Nguyen Van Huyen Street, Cau Giay District, until October 5, 2011.

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