Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - 600th anniversary of Beijing’s Forbidden City

600th anniversary of Beijing’s Forbidden City

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
People visit an exhibition for the upcoming Lunar New Year at the Palace Museum in the Forbidden City on January 6, 2019. afp

600th anniversary of Beijing’s Forbidden City

The palace Museum in Beijing, also known as the Forbidden City, announced last Thursday plans to celebrate the 600th anniversary of the founding of the world’s biggest architectural compound made of wood.

According to Wang Xudong, director of the museum, a series of highlighted exhibitions will be on display this year in the former imperial palace occupied from 1420 to 1911.

For example, A Night Revel of Han Xizai, an iconic painting in Chinese fine art history that is believed to have been created in the 10th century, will be on view to the public. Calligraphy by Su Shi, a renowned poet and artist in the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127) will be exhibited as well.

Another special exhibition will allow visitors to trace back the architectural history of the Forbidden City over the past six centuries. And the institution is to present a cooperative exhibition with Versailles in France to reflect Sino-Western cultural communication in the 17th and 18th centuries.

A new gallery displaying porcelains will be reopened to the public after a renovation and redesign of exhibitions.

A series of public education projects will also be organized for the anniversary. Hundreds of high school students from Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan will be invited to hold cultural programs in the museum and free tours will be offered for children from poverty-stricken regions.

Abundant academic symposiums and publishing projects are scheduled this year for the anniversary.

According to statistics from the administration of the Palace Museum, 19.3 million visits were logged at the landmark in 2019, setting a new record for attendance since the Forbidden City became a public museum in 1925.

China Daily / ANN

MOST VIEWED

  • First deportees of the year touch down in Cambodia

    Twenty-five Cambodian-Americans landed in Phnom Penh on Wednesday, marking the first such deportations of the year. “On Wednesday, US law enforcement authorities deported 25 Cambodian nationals that immigration judges determined had no legal basis to remain in the US,” said Arend Zwartjes, spokesperson for the US

  • Qatar Airways to connect Doha and Siem Reap town

    Qatar Airways Company QCSC has announced a new route connecting Qatar’s capital Doha with Siem Reap, a move hailed by local officials as a significant step to boost tourist numbers. A Qatar Airways representative, speaking at the Kuwait Aviation Show, announced on Thursday that

  • Kingdom drafting new law to strengthen immigration

    The Ministry of Interior on Tuesday said it had formed a working group to draft amendments to the Law on Immigration. Its secretary of state Sok Phal told The Post that the amendments will strengthen the management of immigrants in line with the current situation.

  • Sokha defence denies Tech’s claims

    ON DAY two of Kem Sokha’s treason trial, lawyers for the government said the defence had raised questions in an attempt to allow their client to make a public statement and a conclusion to the case, something his legal team denied. Ky Tech, a

  • Cambodian general visits Myanmar to enhance national defence cooperation

    Royal Cambodian Armed Forces (RCAF) commander-in-chief Vong Pisen is now in Myanmar leading a delegation that aims to improve ties, particularly in national defence, with the fellow Asean member. The timing of Pisen’s four-day visit to the Southeast Asian neighbour is highly symbolic, with

  • Sokha’s treason trial begins

    The treason trial of Supreme Court-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) president Kem Sokha began at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Wednesday with the presentation of a two-minute video clip. The footage, which was the basis of the charge against him, was dismissed by