Silk Road Museum, Jeddah

Silk Road Museum Jeddah

Silk is produced by several insects, like silk worms but generally only the silk of moth caterpillars has been used for textile manufacturing.

Authentic silk from China

It’s surprising to know that Jeddah is an ancient trading city that was also part of the silk road. SILK ROAD is the path of commerce the Chinese used to trade with different countries. The Chinese traveled along this path to sell silk and other Chinese products.

Source: Wikipedia

Years ago, I remember a program in CNN reviving or revisiting this silk road. Businessmen were trying to focus on these countries that were along the Silk Road, copying the old strategy used. Here’s an article about How Saudi revived the Silk Route/Road agreement with China in 2016.

Though silk was certainly the major trade item exported from China, many other goods were traded, as well as religions, philosophies, and various technologies.

The position of Jeddah has always made the city a perfect trading port for cargo ships travelling the Red Sea, and the city’s traditional souks reflect a history of maritime trade and exchange. Furthermore, Jeddah is one of the closest ports to Mecca and Medina, the two holiest sites in Islam. -

Along the Silk Roads, many cities flourished across China, Central Asia, Arabia, India, Persia and modern day Turkey. Trade brought wealth and richness that enabled excellence in industrial process including printing, glass and paper making; medicine, philosophy, astronomy and agriculture.

Cities became vibrant centres attracting intellectual polymaths and leaving a huge and fascinating mark on the consciousness of history.

Inside the Jeddah Silk Road Museum

The museum is located 2nd floor of Al Shallal theme park, Jeddah. It’s not easy to see, in fact, I think many people are not even aware of it because it’s at the end part of the second floor where a few people really stay.

The Silk Road Museum is in front of Little Italy

Upon entering the museum, you’ll see traditional Chinese chairs and tables along with tea set and pillows covered in silk.

Chinese porcelain tea set

On the walls are photos and artifacts that show the history of the Silk Road.

This below is a place where the process of silk production is shown. 

If you want to visit the Silk Road Museum in Jeddah, here’s the map:

Going to the museum is free once you are inside Al Shallal.

Here’s a video of What’s Inside the Silk Road Museum in Jeddah:

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21 thoughts on “Silk Road Museum, Jeddah

  1. I remember learning about the silk road and its amazing the economic impact this road had on so many parts of the world. Also had no idea that silk worms weren’t the primmary source of silk textile production!!

  2. Such an interesting post.. I didn’t know Jeddah produces such amazing silk and is part of the Silk Road.. I’d love to explore the silk production section of the museum too.. It looks very informative and well-preserved! 🙂

  3. What a great remeinder that the Arabian peninsula is, in fact, part of Asia!

    Thanks for sharing this glimpse into Saudi!

    Happy continued travels!

  4. It is a very interesting article, some I have only know from reading your post. I must have been sleeping alot during my World History. It would indeed be wonderful if they can revive the silk road. So many business will surely benefit.

  5. Something new to learn everyday. Thanks to that new information about silk.

    The museum looks well lit and well maintained. Though the museums are really impressive, I just find most of them too dark.

    1. Yes. I’ve noticed that about museum lightings. It can be very difficult to take pictures (if allowed) because most of them are dark. I agree that this one has great lighting, I also like that it is well-maintained even though people here rarely go there.

  6. It’s a WOW! it’s very interesting at talagang namangha ako. Though it’s only an exhibit pero sa totoo lang pwede sya gawing product hehehe! I always fond with the Chinese traditions kasi it’s very unique and interesting. Parang dinala na din ako sa loob ng museum na yan sis!

    1. Thank you that you felt that way! =) They do have silk products here. I wanted to complain why it’s expensive, but after the tour, and imagine getting all the silk from silkworms? It’s worth the price. =)

  7. I have to admit I knew nothing about the Silk Road prior to reading this post. This is really informative and interesting. It’s always nice to learn about how a culture came to be.

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