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Pearl River Delta Sights

Museum of the Tomb of the Nanyue King (Xīhàn nányuè wáng bówùguǎn)

  • 867 Jiefang Bei Lu Map It
  • Liwan
  • Fodor's Choice

Updated 12/31/2014

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In 1983, bulldozers clearing ground for the China Hotel uncovered the intact tomb of Emperor Wen, who ruled Nanyue (southern China) from 137 to 122 BC. The tomb was restored and its treasures placed in the adjoining Nanyue 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 more than a thousand funerary objects, clearly designed to show off the accomplishments of the southern empire. You can walk through the remarkably compact tomb, which is built of stone slabs and located at the back of the museum up the stairs.

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867 Jiefang Bei Lu, around the corner from the China Hotel, Guangzhou, 510040, China

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Sight Details:

  • Y12
  • Daily 9–5:30; last admission 4:45

Updated 12/31/2014


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