Hanoi’s Temple of Literature Stelae recognised by Unesco

The scholar stelaes from the Hanoi’s Temple of Literature have been inscribed in Unesco’s documentary heritage of the world list, announced earlier this month in Macau.

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Viet Nam News, 11 March 2010

The United Nations’ Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has recognised 82 stelae commemorating laureates at court exams from the 15th to 18th century at Ha Noi’s Temple of Literature as world documentary heritage.

The decision was announced at the meeting of the Memory of the World Committee for Asia and Pacific (MOW-CAP) on Tuesday in Macau.

“I am extremely happy at the decision,” deputy minister of foreign affairs Nguyen Thanh Son told the Vietnam News Agency at the ceremony. “This is a real honour for Viet Nam. The laureate record stelae, which bear historical meaning and symbolise Vietnamese intellect, have officially been recognised by the world. We have proved that Viet Nam has a proud culture and history.”

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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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