On July 11, 2014, an opening ceremony to launch the special exhibition called “Ancient Civilization in Vietnam, the Early Morning in Red River” was held at the Jeju National Museum, South Korea. This is the upcoming showcase after the first launching at the National Museum of Korea in Seoul (28/4-29/6/2014).
The ceremony was attended by Mr. Kim Seong Myong - Director of Jeju National Museum, directors of Korean national museums around, heads of cultural associations in Jeju, Vietnam-Korea Cultural Centre, Korean and overseas Vietnamese visitors. The VNMH Museum was represented by Mr. Nguyen Quoc Huu (Exhibition Division) and Ms. Nguyen Thi Kim Thanh (Pulics & Education Division).
Mr. Kim Seong Myong – Director of Jeju National Museum delivered the opening speech
Speaking at the ceremony, Mr.Kim Seong Myong expressed his gratitude to Vietnamese government and relevant competent organizations, especially the VNMH Museum who has created favorable conditions to launch the exhibition. He said, the exhibition has generated a chance for Korean people to understand about the Vietnamese culture and history, and contributing to strengthen the friendship, mutual understandings and co-operation between the two countries.
Cutting the ribbon to open the exhibition
The exhibition exhibits around 400 objects of Iron Age in Vietnam, focused on the Dong Son Civilization sent from the VNMH Museum.
Dong Son Civilization existed in the Iron Age and developed mostly in the areas of the Red, Ma and Lam Rivers, North of Vietnam. It dated back from the 7th century BC to the 1st century AD.
Visitors attended the exhibition after the opening ceremony
The Dong Son Civilization is well-known for its bronze collections rather than the metallic collections. The die-casting technique of Dong Son people was at as high as surprising level, representing in the bronze collections of drums and urns in big size, with sophisticated and perfective patterns. Other collections can be named as house wares, accessories, musical instruments, for ritual purposes, labor tools, hunting tools and weapons…
Presentation titled “Dong Son Civilization and the establishment of the first administrative state of Vietnam or Van Lang - Au Lac in the North of Vietnam - Observation from archaeology”
The exhibition focused on 3 parts:
Part 1: The earlier civilizations
Display a flow of earlier cultures including Phung Nguyen, Dong Dau and Go Mun Cultures in the Red Delta, Con Chan Tien – Bai Man – Quy Chu in the Ma River and Den Doi – Ru Cat – Ru Tran in the Lam River. Those cultures were said to be the foundations for the development of Dong Son Civilization later on.
Part 2: Red River and Dong Son Civilization
Showcase the collections of Dong Son Civilization that found in the Red Delta like collections of material and spiritual life of Dong Son citizens, agricultural and wet rice cultivation, die-casting technique and the establishment of the first administrative state of Viet Nam or Van Lang – Au Lac...
Part 3: The Civilizations in the Iron Age in the Central and South of Vietnam
Introduce in general about the concurrent civilizations with Dong Son Culture, or Sa Huynh Culture in the Central and Dong Nai Culture in the South, and the interwoven relations among them.
The exhibition is opened to public from July 11 to September 10, 2014. After that, it will be moved to the Naju National Museum, South West of SK.
As a marginal activity, a meeting to talk about the Dong Son Culture with a presentation with the topic titled “Dong Son Civilization and the establishment of the first administrative state of Vietnam or Van Lang - Au Lac in the North of Vietnam - Observation from archaeology” delivered by Mr. Nguyen Quoc Huu (VNMH Museum) has been organized. The presentation has lured 50 participants including the rectors and lecturers from the high schools in Jeju. The presentation focused on the analysis on the roots, date, locations, type of collections, material and spiritual life of Dong Son people, the social gap, conflicts and wars that born the leaders of groups, all to show the fact that Dong Son Civilization was the foundation for the establishment of the first administrative state of Vietnam or Van Lang-Au Lac in the North of Vietnam.
Nguyen Quoc Huu (Vice Manager of Exhibition Division)
EN: Tran Trang