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One of the National Museums of Singapore, the Asian Civili-sations Museum focuses on the ancestral cultures of Singapore's multi-ethnic society. Since the opening of its first wing at the restored Tao Nan School in April 1997, the Museum has held several important exhibitions including Ramayana - A Living tradition; Harmony of Letters - Islamic Calligraphy from the Tareq Rajab Museum, Kuwait; Prized Possessions: Jewellery from Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia; and most recently, Eternal Egypt: Treasures from the British Museum.

The permanent display at its first wing focuses on Chinese civili-sation and culture. The artefacts on display include Buddhist and Daoist sculpture, imperial and trade porcelain, a collection of archaic bronzes, and material from as far back as the Neolithic Period.



Professor Heng currently teaches at the Department of Architecture, NUS. His educational credentials include an Architecture D.E.S.A. from the Ecole Speciale d'Architecture in Paris, a C.E.S. (Urban Planning) from ENTPE in France and a Postgraduate Certificate from Tsinghua University, China. In 1993, he received his Ph.D from the University of California at Berkeley for his work on Chinese cities. Since then, he has conducted extensive research in this field and was awarded the 1997 NUS Outstanding University Researcher Award for the Chang'an multimedia project. His recent publications include the book Cities of Aristocrats and Bureaucrats (1999), a thesis on the development of medieval Chinese cityscapes, and A Digital Reconstruction of Tang Chang’an (2006), published by China Architecture & Building Press.