The Huế Museum of Royal Antiquities contains many collections from the 19th century. — VNA/VNS Photo
HCM CITY — The Huế Museum of Royal Antiquities displays more than 40 artefacts relating to Emperor Gia Long of the Nguyễn Dynasty, including muskets and royal seals.
Gia Long was the first emperor (reign 1802- 1820) of the Nguyễn Dynasty, Việt Nam’s last royal family (1802-1945).
The exhibition at the museum at the Huế Citadel in the centre of Huế is being held on the occasion of the king's 200th death anniversary, and will last until the end of August.
The royal seal, which is made of ceramic and coated with gold, was used by Emperor Gia Long to stamp documents and directives.
The exhibition displays different types of bricks that Gia Long chose to build the Huế Citadel and his tomb.
The Huế Royal Antiquities Museum was established in 1923 and originally named Musée Khai Dinh (Khải Định Museum), one of the first museums in Việt Nam. — VNS