First Southeast Asian museum inaugurates


(Cinet)- On the afternoon of November 30, Viet Nam Museum of Ethnology (VME) opened the Southeast Asian Museum with a taste cuisines of Southeast Asian countries in Hanoi.
According to officials of the Vietnam Ethnology Museum, preparation for the permanent exhibition of “Culture of Southeast Asia” has been completed. The public will have a chance to learn more about the neighboring countries, to explore the similarities and differences between the cultures of Vietnam and the countries in the region.

Attending the ceremony on Saturday, included Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam, ASEAN General Secretary Le Luong Minh, high-ranking officials from various authorities, heads of diplomatic delegations to Viet Nam, and representatives from museums in the region. The vice-PM proposed that the Vietnam Ethnology Museum should continue to develop some necessary opinions and activities for Vietnamese people to help them understand more about culture of the ethnic minority groups.

The Southeast Asian Museum has four storeys, in which the ground floor displays the Southeast Asian Cultural permanent exhibition and offers educational activities for children, while the second floor is designed for the display of three donated collections, which is due to open next year.

The third storey will be set aside for temporary exhibitions and exchanged exhibitions from other museums in Southeast Asia and the world, while the top floor is devoted to conservation.

The museum opens to serve the public since December 01.

According to VME’s deputy director, Nguyen Duy Thieu, VME will, step-by-step, develop different exhibitions with related activities to introduce the cultures and lives of Southeast Asia, as well as those of the world.