10 July 2011

Have a break and visit the Terracotta Warriors Exhibition at Asian Civilizations Museum

Below is another post for the Kit Kat Bloggers' Contest

Where is my ideal take a break vacation?

As a person who simply loves the Chinese culture, it would definitely be China…maybe Shanghai or Beijing. Speaking of Beijing, the most famous tourist attraction is “The Great Wall”. Ain’t there a Chinese saying “不到长城,非好汉” It means He who has never been to the Great Wall is not a true man literally. The Great Wall is one of the 7 wonders of the world that is build by the Qin Shi Huang-The first Emperor of China.

Before I realize my dreams at China, I decided to visit “Terracotta Warriors The first Emperor & His Legacy” Exhibition at the Asian Civilizations Museum.

The admission fee is $8 and you would also get a discount if you are a passion card member.

More info about the Terracotta Warriors Exhibition
This exhibition features one hundred artefacts from the Shaanxi province in China. Besides terracotta figures, the display contains important bronzes and jades from the Qin state before the time of the legacy of unified China, and charming terracotta figures from this unified China, and charming terracotta figures from this later period show how the First Emperor’s tomb influenced later burial

This is the first exhibition of the actual terracotta warriors to be held in Singapore, as well as the first presentation in Southeast Asia (adapted from Asian Civilizations Museum’s Terracotta Pamphlet)

What are Terracotta Warriors?

 They are a collection of terracotta sculptures depicting the armies of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China, found in the tomb of the Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor. They are supposed to protect the First Emperor in life after death.

Check out the photos that I have taken at the exhibition. Do note that only photography without flash is allowed at the museum.

By the way, there are also guided tours for this exhibition in English and Mandarin with ticketed museum admission, courtesy of volunteer guides. I will strongly encourage you to join these tours as the guide will provide a more detailed explanation about the artefacts. For example, that is where I found out that the soldiers in the Qin dynasty are rewarded according to the no of heads that they bring back from the wars.

As for the Qin emperor, there might be some discrepancy as to whether Emperor Qin is really a ruthless dictator. All the historical records are being written by Sima Qian who has some political differences from the First emperor. One thing that you can’t deny is that the Qin Emperor has unified the wording and currency of the whole of China.

After spending about 2 hours inside the museum, I am getting a bit hungry. I have decided to replenish my energy with my favourite snack of Kit Kat after I have exited from the museum (as food is prohibited at the museum)

I do have an enjoyable time, taking a break and indulging myself in the rich history of China from the Qin to the Han dynasty. If you are interested, do remember to visit the exhibition as it will be held from 24th June to 16 Oct 2011 at ACM.

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