Photo/IllutrationCelestial bodies depicted on the Kitora Tomb (Provided by Agency for Cultural Affairs)

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ASUKA, Nara Prefecture--The world's oldest existing full-scale depiction of celestial bodies and other ancient artworks will go on public display next month.

The star chart and the Byakko (white tiger), which are national treasure murals depicted on the walls of the stone chamber of Kitora Tomb, will be opened to the public at the Kitora Tumulus Mural Experiential Museum Shijin-no-yakata in the village from Sept. 21.

The Kitora Tomb, a government-designated special historic site, was built between the late seventh century and early eighth century.

On the star chart, more than 70 asterisms are depicted with more than 350 gold leaves pasted on the ceiling and with lines in vermilion color connecting dots.

Visitors can enter the exhibition venue free of charge, but are required to make a reservation through the website (https://kitora-kofun.com/form/entry), only in Japanese, no later than Aug. 25. The exhibition will continue through Oct. 20.

The public can also view "Asuka Beauties" and other national treasure murals, which were depicted on the walls of the Takamatsuzuka burial mound, through a window in a corridor at a temporary restoration facility from Sept. 21-27, free of charge.

The Takamatsuzuka burial mound, also a special historic site, was created between the late seventh century and early eighth century.

Those wishing to see the murals are asked to make a reservation via the website at (https://www.takamatsuzuka-kofun.com/form/entry), only in Japanese, no later than Aug. 25.