Nguyen Dynasty records added to the Memory of the World register

Nguyen Dynasty records added to the Memory of the World Register. Source: Thanh Nien News 20140516

A set of records from Vietnam’s 19th century Nguyen Dynasty have been added into Unesco’s Memory of the World Register.

Nguyen Dynasty records added to the Memory of the World Register. Source: Thanh Nien News 20140516
Nguyen Dynasty records added to the Memory of the World Register. Source: Thanh Nien News 20140516

UNESCO recognizes Vietnam’s 19th century royal records
Thanh Nien News, 16 May 2014

A set of administrative documents from the Nguyen Dynasty (1802-1945) has been named a world documentary heritage by UNESCO, the fourth such recognition Vietnam has won so far.

The records, known as “Chau ban trieu Nguyen” in Vietnamese, are now listed in the Asia – Pacific Register of UNESCO’s Memory of the World Program, Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper reported Friday.

The recognition was announced at a meeting of the Asia – Pacific Regional Committee for the program in Guangzhou, China, on Wednesday.

According to the National Archives in Hanoi, the records amount to nearly 200,000 pages, including notices, circulars, and decrees issued during the reign of the 11 Nguyen emperors.

Full story here.

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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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