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Indonesian former President、President of Democratic Party of Struggle Mrs. Megawati Paid a Visit to China Red Sandalwood Museum

Pubdate:2019-07-11

On July 10th 2019, Indonesian former President, President of Democratic Party of Struggle Mrs. Megawati Soekarno Putri , who was accompanied by 30 people paid a visit to China Red Sandalwood Museum, and was warmly welcomed by Mrs.Chan Laiwa (Curator of China Red Sandalwood museum), Mr. Chi Chungsui (Director of Beijing Red Sandalwood Culture Foundation) and their family members.




Accompanied by Curator Chan, former President Mrs.Megawati had visited the Red Sandalwood Museum with great interest, and she occasionally asked Curator Chan questions throughout the tour. When both hosts and guests sat in the antique main hall of Qing Dynasty style, Mrs. Megawati inquired of Curator Chan: How many years have you collected and stored these woodcarving work of art ? Where does the red sandalwood grow ? Are you the person who has managed all these projects? Where did you recruit the craftsmen to carry out these woodcarving work?. “I have devoted myself into the red sandalwood engraving for more than 40 years, and this is the only thing that I have concentrated on doing for my whole life. All the collections in the Red Sandalwood Museum are made of small-leaf red sandalwood that only grows in India. The collections were made by imitating the architectural style and craftwork of the Forbidden City. And I have cultivated the craftsmen for decades.", shared Curator Chan. When Mrs.Megawati heard what curator had just told her, she couldn’t help shaking curator’s hand to pay tribute to Curator Chan. During the visit, these two successful ladies held each others’ hands with close talk, like friends who have known each other for decades. The scene was very touching.




In the Jinsinan Wood Exhibition Hall on the 3rd floor of the museum, Mrs. Megawati looked wholehearted at the furniture and ornaments that are made of Jinsinan wood. She said that she liked the unique brightness and texture of Jinsinan wood. And she was very interested in one of ganoderma table screen that are made of Jinsinan wood, after watching them carefully, she brought up many questions and Mr.Chi Chungsui answered all her questions with all around details.




One of the Old Beijing City Gate that are made of red sandalwood and Yin Chen wood - Yong Ding gate, Mrs.Megawati set her sight on such magnificent architectural model with a huge surprise, “Was this gate made by piling up small piece of wood bricks one by one? How much wood did it use to build this gate? How many craftsmen and how long did it take to accomplish the gate? Why Curator Chan spent tons of money on replicating the Gate Tower?”asked Mrs. Megawati. Mr. Chi provided detailed answers perceptively to the questions. Former President Mrs. Megawati offered continuously praises after hearing Mr. Chi’s answer.  




After the visit, former President Mrs. Megawati kindly wrote the in ion for Curator Chan, it goes as, “Dear Mrs. Chan Laiwa, I feel grateful that I could have an opportunity to appreciate the exquisite wooding carving treasures in such a short period of time. No matter the wood species or carving techniques, everything is definitely one of a kind, elegant and graceful. I am harboring great wishes that the Chinese carving artwork will be inherited forever--The Fifth President of Indonesia Megawati Skarnoputri”. “It is an eye-opener experience after admiring the wooden carving artworks which are produced and collected in China Red Sandalwood Museum. Though Indonesia is no lack of rich wooden resource, due to the inadequate development and utilization we do not master the top notch carving skills. To me, the visit in China Red Sandalwood Museum is a learning journey as well.”, came up by former President Mrs. Megawati.  




Curator Chan presented the bilingual edition of Chan Laiwa’s Dream of Gates and fine Dian embroidery of Tang Dynasty . Han Huang Painting of Five Oxen toformer President Mrs. Megawati as presents. Former President Mrs. Megawati was very pleased by receiving the gifts and expressed her interest to read the book upon her arrival back to Indonesia. “As the Party Chairwoman of governing party PARTAI DEMOKRASI ( Democratic Party of Struggle ), she is especially fond of the embroidery of the Five Oxen because the emblem of the party is an Ox. This gift conveys perfect meaning!” said former President Mrs. Megawati with joy. Curator Chan expressed “Former President Mrs. Megawati and her honorable father former President Mr. Bung Sukarno both are old friends who are highly respected by Chinese people and they have endeavored irreplaceable efforts for two countries friendship. Appreciate it that you have made this special trip to visit China Red Sandalwood Museum. It is hoped that our two countries will strengthen cultural cooperation and exchanges and further deepen and enhance friendship.”

 


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