“The Forbidden City is the imperial palace in Beijing, China. For a long time, it was forbidden to everyone. So it is one of the most mysterious places in the world,” said Courtney Murfin, the interpretative planner for the exhibition. Murfin comes up the story line of the exhibition and translates the curators’ and researchers’ complicated language to something easily understandable.
The exhibition started March 8 and will end on September 1st, 2014. So this might be your last chance to experience the fascinating history of the Forbidden City at ROM.
Luckily, on August 20th, the Voice K summer camp had the chance to look around and experience how it feels to be in the Forbidden City.
“The original Forbidden City in China is really big, so it was hard for us to recreate how big it is in our small exhibit hall,” said Murfin.
Most of the items are shipped from the actual Forbidden City in Beijing, China, but some artifacts are owned by ROM.
As we entered the exhibition, we saw a big screen to our left and the entrance to more artifacts to our right. The first thing that caught our eyes was the palace room display, which includes the Imperial Throne set. It was made with wood and jade. The throne was a symbol of the ruler’s imperials power. The area where we first entered was the outer court. The colours were mostly yellow and red. The last artifacts in the outer court are the ceremonial bells. Then we entered the inner court where the colours were mostly blue and our surroundings felt homey. The inner court was for the imperial family and their eunuchs to live in.
At the end of the journey, we hit gold – the gift shop! We discovered so many awesome toys and utensils related to Chinese history. There were stuff panda animals, Chinese flutes, porcelain chopsticks, Chinese ponytail hats, ancient Chinese books, and even a glow-in-the-dark Mahjong rubik’s cube. Some of us bought the flute and some of us bought the chopsticks set.
The journey might have been exhausting, but at the same time we gained a lot of knowledge. It was definitely worth the trip.
The chicken was made by Emperor Chenghua. He made it as a gift for his mother. We can’t believe that it is so rare and worth so much. It’s just a cup!
We also saw a puzzle; it was designed for the kids in the palace to play. There was a fragment of image on each side of the puzzle. You need to rotate the blocks to complete an image. There are 35 blocks in a puzzle. Not even the staff from ROM could do it easily.
Our favourite part of the exhibition was actually the ceremonial armour, which was used by emperor for inspection of troops. The armour was made with cotton, silk, copper and as well as metal plates, which is great for showing but offers limited protection in return.
The instructions and maps are in both English and French. They are also raised for for people to touch.
The ROM tries to keep their hallways wide and easily accessible for people in wheelchairs too.
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