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Ancient Tombs Museum

Luoyang Ancient Tombs Museum is a museum which houses the Chinese ancient tombs in Luoyang of Henan Province. It is located at the Mang Hill in the north suburb, about 8 kilometers from the center of the city. It is said that the ancient emperors, princes, generals and other public celebrities always chose Luoyang to be buried after their death. With the building area of over 8,200 square meters, the museum is composed of Tang-and-north Wei-styled construction. Between two buildings, the various trees and flowers are planted, so that the museum can be considered as garden museum. Luoyang Ancient Tombs Museum was opened to the public in 1987.

The museum consists of tombs area of different dynasties, emperors’ tombs area of North Wei Dynasty (368AD-534AD), murals hall.

The tombs are of different dynasties lies in the southern part of the museum. This area are subdivided into overground and underground parts. In the over ground part, you can find white marble gates, “Taixu” Hall, model of distribution of the ancient tombs, etc. In the underground, there are four halls to display the relics according to the sequence of dynasties from Han(202BC-220AD) to Tang(618AD-907AD) and Song (960AD-1279AD) dynasties. The four halls are connected with long passageways. The 25 ancient tombs are situated on the sides of long passageways. With different styles and shapes of the tombs, these 25 ancient tombs also present the architectural arts of ancient China.

The emperors’ tombs area of North Wei Dynasty (368AD-534AD) is in the western part of the museum with the building area of 600 square meters. The North Wei-styled building, centering on the mausoleum of Xuanwu Emperor, help you to know the basic shape of the North Wei emperors’ mausoleums and the burial customs. In this area, a celestial painting with over 300 stars drawn is precious document to study the ancient Chinese astronomy.

Murals in mural hall described people from all works of life from emperors to the common people. The murals cover the themes of astronomy, geography, customs and others, which owns high historical value compared with other recoding documents.

Travel Tips

Admission Fee: Free of charge

Opening Time: 9:00 – 18:30

How to get to: Take No.83 Bus at the Luoyang Railway Station