Collector Hoàng Thành (right) explains items from his collection to visitors. VNS Photo Đức Nhật Đức Nhật Sitting in a corner of his museum, Hoàng Thành in the Central Highlands province of Đắk Lắk’s Buôn Ma Thuột City cautiously cleans rocks while surrounded by thousands of fossilised snails, molluscs and wood. All of them date back hundreds of millions of years. Thành, 58, has spent decades collecting fossils and is known among archaeologists nationwide as the owner of the largest private museum of palaeontology. The museum is located in his home down a small alley in the city’s Ea Tam Ward. Fossils line the entrance to the building, and as we pass through we reach a large garden which looks like a wild forest with plants native to the region. The forest surrounding the house masks the noise from the busy town outside. Thành was born and grew up in Quảng Điền District in the central province of Thừa Thiên – Huế, but left to work for a construction company in Đắk Lắk. His job took him across the country which was demanding but also gave him the chance to discover geology and palaeontology. At first he was just curious about the beautiful oddities and wanted to keep them as souvenirs to show friends and relatives. Due to his heavy workload Thành forgot about his hobby for many years until one day in the 1990s his eldest child asked him… Read full this story
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