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Korean Central History Museum Greets Its Birthday
Pyongyang, December 1 (KCNA) -- December 1 is the 65th anniversary of the Korean Central History Museum.

The museum has served as one of the country's cultural asset storehouses and centre of education in history under the care of President Kim Il Sung, General Secretary Kim Jong Il and anti-Japanese heroine Kim Jong Suk.

The researchers of the museum have enriched the storehouse of the nation's cultural heritages by discovering many historical relics associated with the spirit and talents of the Korean people and making a profound study of them in a scientific way. In this way they have contributed to formulating the 5 000-year-long history of the Korean nation.

The museum preserves cultural relics on the principle of retaining the advantages of the nation, while inspiring the visitors with the spirit of patriotism.

It showcases a large number of data and relics in nearly twenty rooms, divided into different periods.

The exhibits show the long history and brilliant culture of the Korean nation, as well as the course of social, economic and cultural development from the primitive ages to the modern ages.

In particular, the remains from the ruined kiln in Wonsan-ri mirror the long history of world-famous Koryo celadon.

Several dozen horse models of different sizes, made of iron and bronze, are considered a national treasure providing a glimpse of the spirit of Koguryo, which was the strongest country in the east.

The Taeja Temple's bell, 83cm high and 55cm across, is believed to have been made in 1192. It comprises such typical features of the bells in the Koryo period as dragon-shaped hasp and lotus and vine patterns.

According to Ri Han Ok, a section chief of the museum, it has been visited by some 9480,000 local people and 165,000 foreigners and overseas Koreans over the past 65 years.

The museum, honored with the Order of Kim Il Sung, is located in Central District, Pyongyang.

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