Southern Song Dynasty Guan Kiln Museum
|Old tools used to make ceramics |
Lying to the south of West Lake, Southern Song Dynasty Guan Kiln Museum has a floor area of 15,000 square meters (3.7 acres). The building area is 4,364 square meters (1.1 acres). It is built over the remains of Jiaotanxia Official Kiln and is the first of its kind with pottery and porcelain as its subject. It was opened to public in 1992 and was extended in 2002. Now the museum displays the products of the official kilns of Southern Song Dynasty, highlighting their charm and delicate beauty. It has been praised as the Civilized Museum of Zhejiang Province and the first group of Provincial Education Base of Patriotism.
The museum consists of two parts: the exhibition area and the official kiln relic.
There are three rooms in the exhibition area. In the first exhibition room, many delicate chinaware treasures of past dynasties unearthed in Hangzhou are on display. While in the second room, one can study the history of China's ceramics as well as the social, political and economic base and development after the establishment of official kilns in Southern Song Dynasty. And in the third one, visitors can see the fruits of research on the ancient porcelain of the country and the products in imitation of the famous products of kilns made by modern technology. Now, over 8,000 restored chinaware samples dug up from the site are on display in the exhibition area.
As a part of Jiaotanxia Guanyao, the Dragon Kiln clings to a slope with a total length of 40.3 meters (44 yards). The kiln was built with adobes whose profile is still visible. The remains of Dragon Kiln in the protection corridor have stairs on both sides. The visitors can climb the steps to appreciate the fantastic site.
In the Southern Song Dynasty Guan Kiln Museum, there is a pottery bar with a unique style. Visitors can see for themselves how pottery was made long ago. They can also have the experience of making their own pottery, and so enter into the hardship and exhilaration that must have been the lot of people in long-ago times.
Take bus 20, 42 or 62, and get off at Ceramics Market Station. Then walk along Fenghuangshan Road until the crossing, turn left and walk around 55 yards to get there.
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|Admission Fee:||Free of charge|
|Opening Hours:||8:30-16:30 ( From Tuesday to Sunday, closed on Monday excluding legal holidays)|
|Guide Service:||The museum provides guide, charging CNY20 every time for a group less than 15 visitors, CNY30 for a group more than 15 members. |
Audio guide machine is CNY15.