Work starts on project to expand Tibet’s main museum

Site showcasing traditional art and Buddhist texts is expected to reopen by 2020

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 29 October, 2017, 2:53pm
UPDATED : Sunday, 29 October, 2017, 3:51pm

Work to expand the Tibet Museum started on Saturday, with the project expected to be completed by 2020, Chinese media reported.

The institution, located in the autonomous region’s capital Lhasa, is the biggest museum in Tibet.

It was opened to the public in 1999 to mark the 50th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China and the 40th anniversary of the suppression of a revolt that consolidated the mainland government’s control over the region.

Its precious collections include ancient Buddhist texts written in Sanskrit and thangka – a type of traditional Tibetan scroll painting.

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The museum closed its exhibition halls at the end of last year to prepare for the expansion, according to Chinanews.com.

The new museum will maintain the Tibetan style of the old facility’s outer facade and will adopt a symmetrical design.

The building will have solar panels on its roof to heat the museum in winter.

It was expected to have 7,000 visitors per day when it reopened, the report said.

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Work on the main building for the Tibet Intangible Culture Heritage Museum finished last month, according to Lhasa Daily.

The site in Lhasa will help preserve aspects of Tibetan culture and heritage such as music and dance.

At an altitude of 3,750 metres, this museum, funded by the Shenzhen municipal government, is the highest museum of its kind in the world. It will open its doors to visitors next year.