Brunei history gallery in Nanjing
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
CHINA will be opening a gallery of Brunei in Nanjing, capital of China’s eastern Jiangsu province next year.
In an interview with The Brunei Times yesterday, Director of History and Culture Research Center of China and Brunei Yang Xinhua, who is currently in the sultanate, said the gallery will be launched tentatively in June next year.
Yang said the gallery will be established at the historical site of the Tomb of King Boni or Abdul Majid Hassan (a former ruler of Brunei), which is located at the southern part of Nanjing.
“The main objective in opening this gallery is to introduce Brunei Darussalam to the locals (in China) who have never visited Brunei and let them see for themselves what and how Brunei is like at present,” he said on the sidelines of the Chinese delegation’s visit to the Brunei History Centre yesterday.
He went on to say that the gallery will feature photos of Brunei at its current state which will be exhibited using the latest technology available.
“We welcome all Bruneians to go there in June and attend the gallery’s grand opening ceremony in Nanjing next year,” he said.
He added that visiting the gallery will also be a great opportunity for visitors to learn about the history and relations between Brunei and China which reached its 25th anniversary this year.
The director also said that currently, they are applying for the Tomb of King Boni to be recognised as a world heritage site in China.
According to UNESCO’s website, China submitted its ‘Silk Roads’ project in February this year. The project nominated more than 30 ancient monuments and sites, including the Tomb of King Boni to be listed as world cultural heritage sites.
Yang visited the history centre yesterday along with four historians and officers from China to share their knowledge and expertise on China-Brunei historical relations with Bruneian counterparts.
Yang delivered a talk on the subject of the Tomb of King Boni, particularly on its history and restoration and preservation of the tomb since it was discovered in 1958.
Hanafi Hj Salleh, the centre’s acting deputy principal along with other officers and personnel welcomed the Chinese delegation at the centre.
The Brunei Times