Antiques stolen from tomb of Vietnamese king

Thieves have broken into and stolen antiques from the tomb of King Khai Dinh who ruled in the earlier part of the 20th century. The tomb, which is open to public, is located in Hue.

Tomb of King Khai Dinh, from Vietnam Net Bridge

Antiques in King’s tomb stolen
Vietnam Net Bridge, 02 December 2010

Some antiques displayed in the right compartment of the Thien Dinh palace in King Khai Dinh’s tomb in the ancient capital city of Hue were stolen at night on December 1.

According to Tuoi Tre newspaper, at least seven silver-made items were stolen.

The stolen items were displayed in the compartments that contain exhibits related to King Khai Dinh’s state, foreign affairs and daily life in the period of 1916-1925. The compartment was opened for tourists in the early 2006 by the Museum of Hue Royal Antiques.

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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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