Museum of the Tomb of the Nan Yue King (Xīhàn nán yuè wáng bó wù guăn)
Museum of the Tomb of the Nan Yue King (Xīhàn nán yuè wáng bó wù guăn) Review
In 1983 bulldozers clearing ground for the China Hotel uncovered the intact tomb of Emperor Wen Di, who ruled Nan Yue (southern China) from 137 to 122 BC. The tomb was restored and its treasures placed in the adjoining Nan Yue Museum. The tomb contained the skeletons of the king and 15 courtiers—guards, cooks, concubines, and a musician—who were buried alive to attend him in death. Also buried were several thousand funerary objects, clearly designed to show off the accomplishments of the southern empire. The tomb—built of stone slabs—is behind the museum and is remarkably compact.