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The Palace Museum introduced seven digital products providing contents from high-definition images of cultural relics to panoramic views of the museum in virtual reality mode at a press conference on Tuesday.|
The museum, also known as the Forbidden City, was the royal palace of Ming and Qing Dynasties between 14th and 20th centuries. It is seeking to transform cultural heritage into digital resources in the internet era and explore the new value of digital cultural relics with advanced technologies.
The newly-rolled-out Digital Relic Storehouse publicizes the high-definition images of the first batch of 50,000 selected cultural relics among the total of 1.86 million housed in the Palace Museum.
For paintings in particular, 345 ultra-high-definition images of famous paintings in billions of pixels are offered in Famous Paintings of the Palace Museum on the official website, which can be zoomed in or out, marked and collected in users' own accounts. There is also a new product displaying the details and the whole picture of some cultural relics via high-precision 3D data.
The revised Panoramic Palace Museum currently can show all open areas of the museum. When switched to virtual reality mode, viewers can have an immersive experience, which will even present the palace in four seasons, different weather conditions and a time in the future.
Marking the palace's upcoming 600th birthday, the first application themed Architectural Culture, the Forbidden City 600, offers users the knowledge and stories behind ancient buildings; while the first architecture-themed mini program on WeChat, the Palace Museum: Pocket Craftsman, invites players to construct palace buildings through games.
Visitors to the museum will find the updated mini program on WeChat, Tour the Palace Museum, very useful. With the help of an artificial intelligence tour assistant, it not only can advise on the visiting route, but also gives a virtual tour online.
It has been 20 years since the Digital Palace Museum plan started from the museum's material and information center. In 2001, the museum opened its website.
Wang Xudong, the museum's director, said that museums are facing unprecedented opportunities and challenges in the digital age.
Rolling out these digital products is a result of the Digital Palace Museum plan and an exploration for future, he added.
Source: CGTN by Wu Yan