Kunming Museum


While the centrepiece of the museum is the Dharani Pillar, a 6.7m carved stone pillar from the Kingdom of Dali, exhibitions range through a strong focus on WWII history and an interesting collection of porcelain, as well as numerous rotating temporary exhibitions. English captions aren't always widely available, but it's still a diverting series of displays.

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