The Western Han Museum of the Nanyue King Mausoleum

Attraction No.867 Jiefang North Road, Yuexiu District,Guangzhou 510030, China Published on: 18-09-2016

2 hours
09:00 AM - 04:45 PM
09:00 AM
11:00 AM
First-time visit
Must see
1.77 USD

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The Museum of the Western Han Dynasty Mausoleum of the Nanyue King, which opened in 1988, showcases the 2,000-year-old tomb of the Nanyue King Zhao Mo and its complete trove of artifacts.

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Why The Western Han Museum of the Nanyue King Mausoleum is special ?

Museum of the Western Han Dynasty Mausoleum of the Nanyue King is the witness of Guangzhou history of over 2000 years. The Museum of the Western Han Dynasty Mausoleum of the Nanyue King is a window of realize culture and history of Western Han Dynasty. Red sandstone is the feature of walls of exhibition halls and stone chamber of the mausoleum.

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What to explore at The Western Han Museum of the Nanyue King Mausoleum?

The museum is made up of three buildings: the Comprehensive Exhibition Building, the Main Exhibition Building and the Mausoleum of the Nanyue King. Its displays are high tech with plenty of English language captions. Some highlights include the jade shroud sewn with silk thread that was worn by the emperor; the Nanyue believed that wearing jade made a person immortal. Also interesting are the ceramic pillows that are thought to have been meant as pillows for the emperor to rest on for ever more.

The museum is mainly composed of three structures – the three-storey comprehensive exhibition hall by the Jiefang North Road, the burial site of the Nanyue King and another two-storey exhibition hall. The burial site is on Xianggang Hill just behind the three-storey comprehensive building. North of the burial site is the two-storey exhibition hall.

The three-storey Comprehensive Exhibition Hall dislays a ceramic pillow exhibition and other special exhibition events like the Guangzhou exhibitions that are often changed. The two-storey Principal Exhitbition Hall mainly accommodates the relics discoverd for the tomb of the Zhao Mo in Nanyue Kingdom period.

How to get to The Western Han Museum of the Nanyue King Mausoleum?

While you are in Guangzhou, try to find your nearest subway station. Take metro Line 2 ( or interchange from other metroy lines ) and get off at the station of Yuexiu Park (越秀公园) using Exit E. Walking along the sideway to the north direction for about 5 minutes, you will see a vermilion building – Guangzhou Mausoleum of Nanyue King.

Bus: 7,24, 58,87,244,273,182,519,528,552,103,105,108,109,110

The museum and tomb are a few steps away from the Yuexiu Park subway station

Selling points

  • Unique museum experience
  • A boutique museum with serious visitors
  • Incredible historical landmark
  • Excellent, informative museum
  • Fascinating glimpse of ancient China
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No.867 Jiefang North Road, Yuexiu District,Guangzhou 510030, China

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Tips for you

  • You should visit 3 floors with the different space
  • The staff is friendly but they speak little or no English
  • You can see jade pieces and porcelain pillows, the different cubicles of the tomb and the better by the glass roof above the tomb..
    What to see
  • It is opened all year round except Feb 28 and August 31 – the two days are closed for restoration.
  • There are plenty of steps to climb in tomb
  • It is next to the entrance of metro station "Yue Xiu Park".
  • Inexpensive ticket: 12 YUANS for visitors and 5 YUANS for students
    Ticket and Pricing


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Great Museum and Tomb and well worth the money (12 RMB) and the visit! A must for history lovers, one of the major archaeological discoveries in China. Its the Tomb and history of the second Nanyue King Zhou Mo, discovered back in 1983 fully intact with relics over 2000 years old! The Museum Is split into several sections around the actual Tomb that is centered in the middle. You enter into the main building which has 3 floors, the first you can get a audio guide if needed 10 RMB, find a shop and video rooms both in Chinese and English. The next floor displays a unique collection of Ceramic pillows, (Audio guide does work on some displays in here) and and special exhibition hall 1, displaying artifacts, Note this hall has no foreign language and audio guide not usable in this room. 3rd floor two more exhibition halls again with artifacts that I cannot describe due to language. Then you will move out to the main exhibition Building storing the unearthed relics which is fascinating and has excellent English written displays and your audio guide will also work up here. You can enter the Tomb in the center covered by a large glass pyramid, and enter a 2000+ year old intact Tomb where they buried the Emperor with his earthly gold and Jade and 15 of his servants including his eunuchs and concubines alive to serve him in the after life! Great and unique visit, I would recommend at least 2+hours

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