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2018 Special Exhibition The Age of Discovery: Asian Ceramics Found Along the Maritime Silk Road

  • Period 2018 - 04 - 17 ~ 2018 - 06 - 17
  • Showroom Special Exhibition Hall
  • Ticket fee Free

The Korea National Maritime Museum, the National Research Institute of Maritime Cultural Heritage,

Korea and the Vietnam National Museum of History present the traveling exhibition which is conceived to present the achievements of underwater excavation in Vietnam,

as a fruit of international exchanges in the studies of maritime cultural heritage.

Underwater excavation commenced in Vietnam in 1990 with the discovery of the seventeenth-century Hồn Cau wreck off the coast of Bà Rịa-Vũng Tàu province.

Most of the goods having been discovered were traded on the Maritime Silk Road between Asia and Europe dating from the eighth century to the twentieth century.

The exhibition presents the materials from five shipwrecks discovered in the seas off Vietnam, namely Cù Lao Chàm(15th C.), Hòn Dàm(15th C.),

Bình Thuận(16th – 17th C.), Hòn Cau(17th C.), and Cà Mau (18th C.). The discoveries include ceramics from Vietnam, China, and Thailand, among other regions in Asia,

which were major trade goods along the Maritime Silk Road from the fifteenth through the eighteenth centuries.

This exhibition highlights the significance of the “Vietnamese Sea Road” in the history of the Maritime Silk Road,

and offers an occasion to appreciate the Asian ceramic treasures that have been discovered under the sea. Through the vast sea without borders,

the three institutions which participate in the project expect to strengthen the relationship promoting the cultural exchanges and the studies of maritime cultural heritage.