Essay On Asian Civilization Museum

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Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “We are not makers of history. We are made by history.” I am a 20-year-old student who is currently attending the English Language Bridging Course (ELBC). Among the youths of 21st century, I am one of those who believe that it is important to know our history. Yesterday was a special day for me. All the ELBC students made a trip to the Asian Civilization Museum, a place where the traces of history of several civilizations are recorded. As usual, we departed the polytechnic for the Asian Civilizations Museum after lunch. We arrived at the museum exactly at 1:00 PM. After staying outside for about half an hour, we entered the museum at about 1:30 PM. We still had to wait for about 15 minutes before starting the tour. Our class was separated into two groups guided by two museum docents. Our group was escorted by a wise and friendly woman, Miss Oileng Chua. She is a Chinese woman who is very knowledgeable about history.…show more content…
The highlight of the story is the Tang shipwreck display. The display is about a ship that sank about 1100 years ago. It is the first ancient Arabian trade ship to be found and salvaged to date. I was very amazed when I heard Miss Oileng Chua say that the ship was suspected to be carrying about 60,000 items (mainly ceramic wares) at the time it sank, because I could see that the ship was only about 20 feet wide and 60 feet long. From the place that the shipwreck was found and the cargo inside, the ship is suspected to be on the return trip from China. Aside from common ceramic wares such as tea cups and bowl, we also found many other peculiar things. One of them is a flask. The flask has Arabic style drawing on the body while the stopper is in the shape of the head of a Chinese dragon. It proves an interesting theory that there had already been cultural infusion between the two

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