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Introduction to Silla: Korea's Golden Kingdom

This introduction to the Audio Guide for Silla: Korea's Golden Kingdom provides an overview of the exhibition, on view November 4, 2013–February 23, 2014.

Narrator: Welcome to Silla: Korea's Golden Kingdom, an extraordinary collection of treasures made between 400 and 800 A.D. That's the period when the city-state of Silla in southeastern Korea rose to become a thriving regional power, uniting much of the Korean peninsula for the first time in history.

As one of the many cultures situated along the Silk Road, the major overland trade route linking the East and West, Silla influenced—and was influenced by—the international exchange of goods and ideas. The kingdom also had strong ties to the nomadic cultures along the Eurasian Steppes. From gold regalia excavated from the tombs of Silla's elite, to rare, imported treasures, to Buddhist icons and reliquaries, the stunning diversity of objects in this exhibition reveal Silla's rich artistic heritage and cultural significance across Eurasia.

This audio tour is sponsored by Bloomberg.

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