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Ancient Oc Eo culture on display in Hanoi

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Ancient Oc Eo culture on display in Hanoi

The opening ceremony of the Oc Eo culture exhibition at Van Mieu-Quoc Tu Giam. PHOTO: VNA

Nearly 100 photos and more than 40 objects of the ancient Oc Eo culture are being displayed at Van Mieu-Quoc Tu Giam (Temple of Literature - National University) in Hanoi.  

The exhibition, themed “Oc Eo Cultural Heritage - Collection of An Giang Museum” – is jointly held by the Departments of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Hanoi City and the Mekong Delta province of An Giang, the Center for Scientific and Cultural Activities of Van Mieu-Quoc Tu Giam and the An Giang Museum, according to news website Vietnamplus.

The Oc Eo culture flourished between the second and seventh century. The first archaeological site of Oc Eo culture was discovered by French archaeologist Louis Mallecet in Oc Eo mound, Thoai Son District, An Giang Province in 1944.

From 1983 to 2016, Vietnamese archaeologists unearthed many objects belonging to the Oc Eo culture, offering proof of a flourishing civilization and well-developed trade between Oc Eo and other ancient civilizations in Southeast Asia.

The Oc Eo culture covers almost all southern provinces but mainly in the Oc Eo-Ba The area in An Giang Province. There are up to 150 archaeological sites of the culture in the province, such as Da Noi in Thoai Son District with tombs containing cremated remains, Ba The in Thoai Son District with vestiges of An Loi ancient tower, Co To in Tri Ton District and Go Cay Tung in Tinh Bien District.

Objects on display vary in materials, from pottery to wood, stone, gold, bronze, tin and glass, many of which are related to Buddhism and Brahmanism.

They prove that people of the Oc Eo culture had their script, currency, a developed agriculture, handicraft and trade, and significant cultural influence.

This is the first time a museum has exhibited its archaeological objects at Van Mieu-Quoc Tu Giam, with an aim to introduce the history and diversity of Vietnamese cultures to domestic and foreign visitors. 

The exhibition is opened to visitors until May 24.

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