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Vietnam’s archaeological treasures to be put on show in Germany

Vietnam’s archaeological treasures to be put on show in Germany

Tuesday, October 04, 2016, 19:04 GMT+7

More than 400 archaeological objects will be put on display in Germany, starting this week.

The exhibition, titled "Vietnam’s archaeological treasures," will take place from October 7 this year to February 26 next year at the LWL Museum of Archaeology in Herne, the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany said in a press release last week.

The exhibits will include a boat, an 8m-tall temple, bronze drums, grave goods, gem spears, arrows, and more.

A bucket used by late Vietnamese President Ho Chi Minh will be among the featured items.

Installation works and documentaries will also be showcased at the event, offering spectators a deeper look into Vietnamese culture and history.

Focusing on archaeological findings from the past 60 years, the organizers hope to bring spectators from the North Rhine-Westphalia state on a trip back in time to a tropical country not well known in Germany.

During the exhibition, German and Vietnamese scientists will work closely with each other in the hope of introducing Vietnam’s archaeology and history to more people.

After the North Rhine-Westphalia showing, the exhibition will move to other locations throughout Germany, including Chemnitz and Mannheim until 2018.

Part of the celebration of the two countries‘ over 40 years of diplomatic relations, the exhibition is supported by German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Vietnamese Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Nguyen Ngoc Thien.

A press release from the embassy in Hanoi on the occasion of German Unity Day on October 3 emphasized Vietnam’s importance as a political partner of Germany, and that the European country has been the largest trade partner of Vietnam in the EU, with the two nations‘ trade turnover reaching nearly nine billion euros in 2016.

Another important sign of the good relationship between Germany and Vietnam is developmental cooperation.

Last year, Germany pledged 220 million euros for developmental cooperation with Vietnam over two years, covering the fields of vocational training, energy and the environment.

Moreover, cultural exchange has also improved in recent years through performances by artists of both countries, as well as film festivals and exhibitions including “Vietnam’s archaeological treasures.“

In addition, the German Academic Exchange Service is offering more and more scholarships to Vietnam, and the expansion of the Vietnamese-German University in Binh Duong are both proof of developing relations between the two countries in the field of education.

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