|Antique elegance: A restored Champa stone statue of the museum. — Photo courtesy by Huế Museum of Antiquities|Viet Nam News
THỪA THIÊN - HUẾ — After more than half a century, the Huế Museum of Antiquities will reopen its room of Champa antiques on November 23 in honour of Việt Nam Cultural Heritage Day.
Museum authorities said the room was forgotten for almost 71 years since it closed in 1945 when the Nguyễn Dynasty’s (1802-1945) last king abdicated the throne.
In 1927, Khải Định, the 12th king of the dynasty built the room to display 40 antique items of Champa culture. The items were collected nationwide by members of the Bulletin des Amis du Vieux Hue (Bulletin of Friends of Old Huế).
Some rare, precious antiques of Champa civilisation are included in the collection. Eighty-five antiques are now said to be displayed in the room.
The reopening delighted local researchers who want to create a museum of Champa culture in Huế, featuring those 85 items plus another 30 antiques recovered from archeological excavations in the districts of Phong Điền, Quảng Điền and Phú Lộc in the province. — VNS