The Kangxi Emperor


15 Mar 2006 – Treasures from The Forbidden City

The two silk scroll paintings, The Kangxi Emperor’s Southern Inspection Tour & The 60th Birthday Celebration are very impressive. How did they managed to preserved them is such excellent conditions? Could not take my eyes off the fascinating details. At age of 8, Kangxi became emperor and took over the reigns of power at 14. The Kangxi Emperor’s reign (1662-1722) lasted for 61 years and was one of China’s greatest rulers. 

Kangxi united his people under Qing rule and laid the foundation of the Manchu-led Qing dynasty (1644-1911) which saw China at the peak of its power and influence in the 18th century.

There are 95 artifacts featured in the exhibition, among these are 80 rare treasures from the collection of The Palace Museum, Beijing and they are on show for the first time in SE Asia. The official opening night was just a taste and will need a day to see and appreciate the history and details. Looking forward to do a virtual tour the of the Forbidden City. If time permits, would like to attend the all day conference. Thanks to Kenson Kwok (Asian Civilisation Museum’s director and May‘s godfather) and his staff for another wonderful exhibition.

I hear and I forget, I see and I remember, I do and I understand – Confucius

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