A lively exhibition, “Silk Road at the East Sea”, to be held early this May by the National History Museum in Ha Noi, will reveal a series of treasures under the East Sea.
Dr. Nguyen Van Doan, from the Museum, said that on display will be selected items recovered from wrecked ships, objects collected in other studies, illustrative documents, maps, drawings on commercial ports and docked ships in the 17th and 18th centuries.
Exhibits will be classified by four periods: prehistoric age with vestiges in Ha Long; the 1st to 10th centuries as proved in the Giao Chi Sea in the North and Cu Lao Cham port in the Central and Oc Eo port in the South; the 11th to 15th centuries with the role of Van Don port in Quang Ninh province and Thi Nai port in Binh Dinh province; and the 18th century with commercial activities with the Netherlands’ East India Company at Pho Hien, Ke Cho ports and with Japan at Hoi An port.
In fact, a silk road was formed in the East Sea. The 14th and 15th centuries saw plenty of commercial activities on this road. So, “the showcase will be the liveliest evidence illustrating trade activities, geographical position, and the role of Viet Nam on this silky road at sea. Viet Nam, on that road, was not only an entrepot, but also a destination and a departure post for various ships”, said Dr. Nguyen Van Doan.
The same exhibitions with fewer exhibits were held in 2006 and 2011.