Ancient Oc Eo culture introduced in Ha Noi


VGP - More than 140 photos and objects of the ancient Oc Eo culture is being exhibited at Van Mieu-Quoc Tu Giam (Temple of Literature-National University) in Ha Noi.

The exhibition, themed “Oc Eo Cultural Heritage - Collection of An Giang Museum” – is jointly held by the Departments of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Ha Noi and the Mekong Delta province of An Giang, the Center for Scientific and Cultural Activities of Van Mieu-Quoc Tu Giam and the An Giang Museum, 

Flourishing between the second and the seventh century, the Phu Nam Kingdom covered a large area of the southern plain and hosted the Oc Eo culture in An Giang province. After being forgotten and buried for thousands of years, traces of the Oc Eo culture were discovered in Ba The – Oc Eo area in the Mekong Delta province of An Giang.

In 1944, French archaeologist Louis Mallecet carried out excavations at the site, along with his colleagues from the French School of the Far East. They unearthed objects offering proof of a flourishing civilisation and well-developed trade with other areas in Southeast Asia.

From 1983 to 2016, Vietnamese archaeologists unearthed many objects belonging to the Oc Eo culture, offering proof of a flourishing civilization and well-developed trade between Oc Eo and other ancient civilizations in Southeast Asia.

People in the civilisation produced many handicrafts, including ceramics, as well as had the ability to refine copper, iron and tin, along with creating silver and gold jewellery.
This is the first time a museum has exhibited its archaeological objects at Van Mieu-Quoc Tu Giam, with an aim to introduce the history and diversity of Vietnamese cultures to domestic and foreign visitors. 

The exhibition is opened to visitors until May 24.