Vietnamese temple steles in bid for heritage status

The ‘doctor laureate’ steles at Ha Noi’s Temple of Literature are being sent for consideration into UNESCO’s Memory of the World documentary heritage programme.

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Viet Nam News, 30 Mar 2009

The United Nations’ Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation is considering giving documentary heritage status to 82 doctor laureate steles at Ha Noi’s Temple of Literature.

The Temple of Literature’s director Dang Kim Ngoc said the proposal was part of a worldwide programme, Memory of the World, to document heritage.

The 82 stone steles are carved with the names of 2,313 doctors who passed the court examinations between 1442 and 1779 (some material recorded the period between 1484 and 1514) under the Ealy Le, Mac and Late Le dynasties.

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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