Royal Vietnamese rickshaw comes home

A rickshaw used by a kind of the Nguyen Dynasty has returned to Vietnam this week, after having been won in an auction last year in Paris thanks to local funds.

King Thanh Thai's rickshaw. Source: Thanh Nien News 20150408
King Thanh Thai’s rickshaw. Source: Thanh Nien News 20150408

Hue bringing home royal rickshaw from France, hopes to retrieve plundered relic
Thanh Nien News, 08 April 2015

A royal rickshaw that Hue conservation authorities have retrieved from France after more than a century is coming home this month, and it might inspire more efforts to get back the other rickshaw and more lost antiques.

Phan Thanh Hai, director of the Hue Monuments Conservation Center, said the rickshaw would arrive in Vietnam on April 14 from the Vietnamese embassy in France which has the relic now.

The rickshaw was made by King Thanh Thai, the 10th emperor of Vietnam’s last dynasty, the Nguyens, who ruled in Hue, for his Mother Queen Tu Minh.

Thanh Thai, who ruled from 1889 to 1907, was known as a patriotic king and was one of three rulers – including his predecessor Ham Nghi and his son Duy Tan – to be dethroned and banished for opposing the French colonizers.

Full story here.

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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