A rendering of the Southern Song Museum, which will be adapted from the remains of the Deshou Palace, where retired emperors once lived during the Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279). [Photo/ori.hangzhou.com.cn]
Hangzhou, capital of East China's Zhejiang province, will turn the remains of Deshou Palace, where two retired emperors once lived during the Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279), into the Southern Song Museum.
Construction on the museum began on Dec 28, and the project is expected to be completed and begin operating in 2022.
The museum is expected to provide an immersive and interactive experience by allowing visitors to pass through historical remains, landscapes and virtual scenes.
Arendering of the Southern Song Museum. [Photo/ori.hangzhou.com.cn]
Shangcheng district in Hangzhou was the center of the royal palace of the Southern Song Dynasty, which is considered a golden era in Chinese history due to its advanced economy, culture and science.
More than 10 historical remains from the Southern Song Dynasty have been unearthed in Shangcheng, more than any other place in China.
Deshou Palace accommodated emperors Gaozong and Xiaozong and their wives after they retired form their thrones.
Since 2001, the Hangzhou archaeology authorities have conducted four excavations and finally decided the address of the palace, which will coveran area of 170,000 square meters.