An exhibition of 37 items used by the Nguyen Kings opened in the ancient royal city of Hue, the central province of Thua Thien-Hue, on April 21.

Highlights of the display include two flower vases made of gold weighing 3.5kg each, a set of silver cups, and gold-plated chop stick, trays and pots.

The antiques were exhibited by Duong Phu Hien from Hanoi, who has a collection of more than 40,000 valuable artifacts including ceramics, bronzes, gold, silver, gems, and cotton textiles.

Hien presented a gold-plated wooden table and a chair used by King Khai Dinh to the Hue Museum at the exhibition opening.

Morie Phuong, a Vietnamese Cambodian, also gave two ceramic sinks that were used by the Nguyen royalty to the museum, and Nguyen Huu Hoang from Hue donated two antique swords.-VNA