Vietnam launches its first 3D museum

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     The exhibition space of the 3D virtual gallery "Vietnamese Buddhist Cultural Heritage" of the museum.

The Vietnam National Museum of History in Hanoi has presented a pilot version of its proposed three-dimensional museum on its website www.baotanglichsu.vn.

It is now showcasing two virtual galleries, entitled "Vietnamese Buddhist Cultural Heritage" and "Vietnamese Ancient Lamps," displaying 150 antiquities in a 3D virtual space with subtitles as well as voice-over both in English and Vietnamese.

The pilot program, which will run until late this month for visitors' comments, provides viewers with many options via different tools, also in English and Vietnamese, on the screen.

Vu Manh Ha, deputy director of the museum, said the program, which was built completely by a Vietnamese firm, was based on models of famous museums of France, the US and Egypt.

The cost for making a 3D virtual museum in Vietnam was three times lower than in other countries due to the lower technology and service prices but Ha said that to make a 3D version of all objects which are now on display at the museum would cost a very large amount.

Ha said the museum is now working on that project and expects to pay a very high cost.

The 3D virtual museum was not created to replace the real one, he stressed.

"We hope that after a visit to the 3D museum, visitors will have the interest to come see the real one," said Ha.

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