Introducing Southern Song Dynasty Guan Kiln Museum
Lying to the south of West Lake, Southern Song Dynasty Kiln Museum has a floor area of 15,000 square meters (3.7 acres) and a building area encompassing 4,364 square meters (1.1 acres). Built over the remains of Jiaotanxia Official Kiln, Southern Song Dynasty Kiln Museum is the first of its kind with pottery and porcelain as its subject. Southern Song Dynasty Kiln Museum was opened to the public in 1992 and expanded in 2002. Now Southern Song Dynasty Kiln Museum displays the products of the official kilns of Southern Song Dynasty, highlighting their charm and delicate beauty. Southern Song Dynasty Kiln Museum has been praised as the Outstanding Example of Contemporary Zhejiang Museums and the first group of Provincial Education Base of Patriotism.
Southern Song Dynasty Guan Kiln Museum Fast Facts
• Chinese Name: Nansong Guanyao Bowuguan 南宋官窑博物馆
• Best Time to Visit: All year around
• Recommended Visiting Hours: About 1 to 2 hours
• Things to Do: Photography, Architecture, Ceramics
• Opening Hours: 8:30-16:30 Tuesday to Sunday
• Entrance Fee: Free
• Address: No.60, Nanfu Road, Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province
What to expect at Southern Song Dynasty Guan Kiln Museum
Southern Song Dynasty Kiln Museum consists of two parts: the exhibition area and the official kiln relic.
The exhibition area consists of three rooms. In the first exhibition room, many delicate chinaware treasures of past dynasties unearthed in Hangzhou are on display. While in the second room, one can study the history of China’s ceramics as well as the social, political and economic base and development after the establishment of official kilns in the Southern Song Dynasty. In the third one, visitors can see the fruits of research on the ancient porcelain of the country and the products in imitation of the famous products of kilns made by modern technology. Now, over 8,000 restored chinaware samples dug up from the site are on display in the exhibition area.
Jiaotanxia Official Kiln was firstly discovered in 1930, but was only seriously excavated in the mid 1980s. Of particular interest are the pugging pond, the shaping workshop and the Dragon Kiln. Modern technology is so advanced that ancient pieces can be fully restored, making it well worth visiting.
As a part of Jiaotanxia Official Kiln, the Dragon Kiln clings to a slope with a total length of 40.3 meters (44 yards). The kiln was built with adobes whose profile is still visible. The remains of Dragon Kiln in the protection corridor is flanked by stairs. The visitors can climb the steps to appreciate the fantastic site.
In the Southern Song Dynasty Kiln Museum, there is a pottery bar with a unique style. Visitors can see for themselves how pottery was made long ago. They can make their own pottery, experiencing the hardship and exhilaration that must have been the lot of people hundreds and even thousands of years ago.
How to get to Southern Song Dynasty Guan Kiln Museum
• Take bus No. 809, or Tourist Line 3/Y3 and get off at Baguatian(Nansong Guanyao Bowuguan) Station.
• Take bus No. 42, 87 or 271, and get off at Shijiashan Station.
Additional travel advice on Southern Song Dynasty Guan Kiln Museum
• The museum is closed on Mondays except for public holidays.