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Uncovering the past: The Most Underrated Museums in South East Asia | 东南亚被低估的博物馆

By Justin Vidamo (2012)

It’s a lovely experience walking around a museum by yourself. You can move at your own pace, allow yourself some solitude to mentally engage with carefully curated artefacts, and welcome inspiration from introspection and self-reflection. Travelling can sometimes end up in a flurry of things to do, see and taste, without having the time to really take in the subtleties of the foreign environment you’ve entered. Museums can empower you with archives of knowledge, and give you the opportunity to pay respect to the extraordinary cultures and histories of thousand year old cultures . As noble peace prize recipient Orhan Pamuk put it, a museum should not just be a place for fancy paintings but should be a place where we can communicate our lives through our everyday objects.

To pay our respects to International Museum Day this Friday 18 May, we’re uncovering what we think are the most underrated Museums in South East Asia. We believe that the following historical archives pay due to the liven experiences of, and beauty of South East Asian cultures.

这是一次非常愉快的博物馆体验。你可以按自己的步调前进,让自己独立思考那些精致的文物,从内而外地获得灵感。旅行有时候会有一系列要做的事,要看的和要品味的,而没有时间去真正了解你所身临其境的微妙之处。博物馆可以为您提供知识档案,并让您有机会尊重千年积攒的非凡文化和历史。崇高的和平奖获得者奥尔汗·帕慕克(Orhan Pamuk)说过,一个博物馆不应该只是一个充满花哨画作的地方,而应该是一个可以通过我们的日常物品来传达我们生活的地方。

为了表示我们对5月18日星期五国际博物馆日的敬意,我们发现了我们认为是东南亚最被低估的博物馆。我们相信,以下历史档案是由于东南亚文化的活跃体验和美丽而产生的。

Vietnamese Women’s Museum – Hanoi, Vietnam

To best summarise Hanoi’s Vietnamese Woman’s Museum, the word “inspirational” would suffice. Although the Museum features the word “Women”, don’t be fooled into thinking it’s not equally fascinating and enjoyable for both men and woman. The gallery offers a fascinating introduction to the life of Vietnamese women, their hardships, achievements, and historical milestones which assisted in progressing Hanoi into Vietnam’s magical capital of today. Besides displays on everyday life, marriage and childbirth (which are far from banal) it also brings to life the lived experiences of women in the wars against the French and Americans.

Other rooms deal with contemporary phenomena like the roving merchants of Hanoi, and the cult of the Holy Mothers with Mother Goddess. The museum’s final floor features traditional clothing of women from each of the 54 ethnic minorities in Vietnam. Another floor exhibits a collection of agricultural and domestic tools used by women throughout the country. The exhibits in this one museum will begin to open any traveler’s eyes to much that is compelling and special about Vietnam.

为了最好地总结河内的越南女人博物馆,“励志”一词就足够了。尽管博物馆展示了“女性”一词,但是男性们同样很享受这里的品味。画廊提供了一个关于越南妇女生活的有趣介绍,他们的艰辛,成就和历史里程碑,帮助河内进入今日越南的神奇之都。除了日常生活,婚姻和分娩(远非平庸)之外,它还展示了妇女在与法国和美国的战争中的生活经历。

其他展示厅则装饰成像河内流浪商人那样的现代现象,以及与母亲女神的圣母崇拜。博物馆的最后一层是越南54个少数民族妇女的传统服饰。另一层展示了全国各地妇女使用的农业和家庭用具。这个博物馆中的展品将打开你的眼界,这是越南引人注目和特别的地方。

Angkor National Museum – Siem Reap, Cambodia

As the largest religious monument in the world, it’s no surprise that World Heritage listed Angkor Wat is the most popular tourist destination in Cambodia and in everyone’s top 5 must see places to visit in South East Asia. The once in a life time experience can be quite overwhelming in the humid Cambodian tropics, crowded with millions of patrons each year, all trekking through miles and miles of fascinating temple, Fully absorbing all Ankor Wat has to offer can be an arduous if not impossible feat while immersed in the ancient temples. Take some time to explore Angkor National Museum before heading to Angkor Wat. 

Angkor National Museum is an archaeological museum dedicated to the collection, preservation and presentation of Angkorian artefacts. The museums 7 galleries feature collections mainly dated from the Khmer Empire‘s Angkor period. There is an extra gallery dedicated to history of hundreds of years of Buddhism, with 1,000 Buddha images highlighting the religion’s significance in Cambodian culture.

作为世界上最大的宗教纪念碑,世界遗产名录吴哥窟是柬埔寨最受欢迎的旅游目的地,并且是每个人在东南亚必去的前5大参观地。一生中有一次经历可能会在潮湿的柬埔寨热带地区,相当令人难以置信,每年都有数百万的顾客涌入,所有徒步穿过数英里的迷人寺庙。Ankor Wat让你完全沉浸在古代寺庙中的。前往吴哥窟前需要一段时间探索吴哥国家博物馆。

吴哥国家博物馆是一个致力于收集,保存和展示吴哥文物的考古博物馆。博物馆7个画廊的特色收藏主要来自高棉帝国的吴哥时期。还有一个额外的专门展示佛教数百年历史的画廊,其中有一千幅佛像彰显了这个宗教在柬埔寨文化中的重要意义。

Penang House of Music – Penang, Malaysia

Travel to one of the most-loved cities in Malaysia is always a good idea, especially when it has some of the best food, festivals, street art and museums. Some of these include the Upside Down MuseumCamera Museum and Ghost Museum, but here at chozun 途赞 we think one of the most underrated museum in not only Penang, but the whole of Malaysia, is Penang House of Music. Located in vibrant George Town, the museum hits the sweet spot between meticulous research and an engagingly fresh vibe.

Penang House of Music vividly display a plethora of traditional Malaysian musical instruments, holds jam sessions with respected local musicians, live sets, and has interactive exhibits to fully immerse yourself in rhythmic sounds of Malaysia.

前往马来西亚最受受喜爱的城市之一总是一个好主意,特别是当它有一些最好的食物,节日,街头艺术和博物馆。其中一些包括颠倒的博物馆,相机博物馆和幽灵博物馆,但在这里chozun途赞我们认为整个马来西亚里,位于充满活力的乔治城拥有一个槟城音乐博物馆,它在人们精心研究和引人入胜的新氛围之间打出新鲜感。

槟城音乐博物馆生动地展示了大量传统的马来西亚乐器,与当地尊贵的音乐家,现场音乐家进行爵士乐演奏,并互动式地展示乐器,让您尽情享受马来西亚的节奏感。

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Ock Pop Tok Living Crafts Centre – Luang Prabang, Laos

Laos is the super chill capital of South East Asia, with awesome food, stunning sunsets, copious amounts of roaring waterfalls, and world-class hand crafts. Weaving, silk work and dyeing run deep in Laos culture, and The Ock Pop Tok Living Crafts Centre offers insights into these age old tradition.  The centre is a cultural hub of artisans where Lao textiles truly come alive. Ock Pop Tok is a wider community of talented artisans, founded 18 years ago with 5 weavers and has expanded to provide employment for over 500 women in Luang Prabang and nearby villages. Fifty percent of the revenue from Ock Pop Tok goes back into the government and NGO supported Village Weaver Projects.

Set in the grounds of a thriving tropical garden on the Mekong, it’s the perfect place to absorb the fascinating culture Laos has to offer while learning more about this unique art form. Free guided tours are available where you can  meet the weavers, immerse yourself within the artisan community, and even observe the silkworms. Unforgettable classes are provided for a small donation, specialising in traditional weaving and dyeing techniques. On site they have the Silk Road Cafe, where you can grab a coffee or refreshing sugar cane or coconut juice to. They’ll even pick you up in a tuk tuk and provide a scrumptious Laos lunch.

老挝是东南亚超级放松的首府,拥有美味的食物,令人惊叹的日落,大量咆哮的瀑布以及世界级的手工艺品。编织,丝绸作品和晕染技术等在老挝文化的深处运行,Ock Pop Tok Living工艺中心提供对这些古老传统的洞察。该中心是老挝纺织品真正活跃的工匠文化中心。 Ock Pop Tok是18年前由5位织工创立聚集具有精湛技术工匠的社区,并已扩展到为琅勃拉邦和附近村庄的500多名妇女提供了就业机会。 Ock Pop Tok 50%的收入回归给政府和NGO支持的Village Weaver项目。

坐落在湄公河上一个蓬勃发展的热带花园中,它是吸收老挝所提供的迷人文化的完美场所,同时学习更多关于这种独特的艺术形式。提供免费导游服务,您可以在这里与织布工见面,沉浸在工匠社区,甚至观察蚕。由小型捐赠提供的难忘的课程,专门从事传统的织造和染色技术。在现场,他们有丝绸之路咖啡厅,在那里你可以买到一杯咖啡或清爽的甘蔗或椰子汁。他们甚至会接你到嘟嘟车,为你提供美味的老挝午餐。

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