Mu­seum to be ren­o­vated

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - FRONT PAGE - By DAQIONG in Lhasa and PENG YINING in Bei­jing Con­tact the writer at pengyin­ing@chi­

The Ti­bet Mu­seum in Lhasa will un­dergo a mas­sive ren­o­va­tion that will more than dou­ble its cur­rent size.

The project, set to be­gin in April, will take three to five years, ex­pand­ing the 28,000square-me­ter build­ing to 60,000 square me­ters. The cost has not been dis­closed.

The mu­seum has been closed since Thursday to pre­pare for ren­o­va­tion.

The high­light of the project will be a main ex­hi­bi­tion hall in tra­di­tional Ti­betan style.

The new mu­seum will have a relics preservation center for the study and pro­tec­tion of Ti­bet art trea­sures in­clud­ing thangka, Ti­betan Bud­dhist paint­ings on cot­ton or silk ap­plique.

So­lar en­ergy will be used in the new mu­seum, tak­ing ad­van­tage of the city’s abun­dant sun­light, ac­cord­ing to the mu­seum ad­min­is­tra­tion.

An au­di­to­rium, a res­tau­rant, a book­store and a 4-D theater — in which a 3-D film is en­hanced by syn­chro­nized phys­i­cal ef­fects in the theater — will also be built.

“The mu­seum will be­come Lhasa’s new land­mark,” said Tang Congli, the mu­seum’s cu­ra­tor.

The mu­seum, which opened in 1999, is the first and largest in Ti­bet, at­tract­ing 400,000 vis­i­tors each year. But the in­creas­ing num­ber of vis­i­tors has put the mu­seum’s ca­pac­ity to the test.

Tang added that the ag­ing fa­cil­i­ties in the mu­seum, such as se­cu­rity and fire­fight­ing sys­tems, put ex­hibits at risk.

The mu­seum’s col­lec­tions in­clude a pot­tery cup made 4,000 to 5,300 years ago and a cen­tury-old Bud­dhism su­tra writ­ten on birch bark.

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