Vietnam draws up list of national treasures

Vietnam has approved a list of 30 national treasures representing the country’s past, including Dong Son drums and various archaeological and historical artefacts.

Tripod Cauldrons at Hue's Imperial Citadel, Viet Nam News 20121004
Tripod Cauldrons at Hue’s Imperial Citadel, Viet Nam News 20121004

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Viet Nam News, 04 October 2012

Viet Nam has recognised a number of valuable items as national treasures after the Prime Minister approved a list of 30 individual and groups of objects representing historic regions and eras in the nation’s past.
The treasures include antiques from the Dong Son Culture (700-100 BC) such as the bronze drums Ngoc Lu and Hoang Ha, and artefacts from the Tran dynasty (1226-1400). They are currently kept at the National History Museum of Viet Nam.

Various historic documents have also been declared treasures, with several writings of the late President Ho Chi Minh making the list, including Duong Cach Menh (Revolutionary Road), Nhat Ky Trong Tu (Diary in Prison), a draft of The Call to All People to Join Resistance War and the original manuscript of his Testament made public in September 1969.

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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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