Museum Renovated to Replicate Famous Grotto

Museum renovated to replicate famous grottoAfter being closed for two weeks, the Guan Shanyue Art Museum  reopened to visitors last Wednesday.  The museum’s interior was transformed to look like the Mogao Caves at the foot of Lianhua Hill.

The Mogao Grottos or Mogao Caves can be founded at the eastern slope of the Rattling Sand Mountain in Dunhuang County. The grotto is one of the three most well-known grottos in China. The two other grottos are Longmen Grottos and Yungang Grottos. The Mogao grotto is one of the largest and best preserved grottos with the richest collection of Buddhist art in the world.

The free exhibition at the museum will last until October 9, with the biggest  exhibition of Dunhuang art in Shenzhen. The items displayed are reproductions of the statues and artworks in the three big caves in the Mogao Grotto, and sizes of the reproductions are 100 percent larger that the originals.

The exhibition was also featured in Beijing in 2008 to celebrate the opening of the Beijing Olympics. The exhibit attracted more than 600,000 visitors from different parts of the world and have to be extended  for more than a month.

The museum also reproduced two smaller caves to the exact sizes of the original ones. Everything that can be found in the smaller museums is carefully reproduced and well preserved.

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