14th century woodblocks recognised as UNESCO documentary heritage

A set of 14th century Buddhist woodblocks from the Vinh Nghiem pagoda are recognised as part of Asia-Pacific heritage by Unesco.

Woodblocks from Vinh Nghiem pagoda. Nhan Dan, 20121007
Woodblocks from Vinh Nghiem pagoda. Nhan Dan, 20121007

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The northern province of Bac Giang on October 6 received a UNESCO certificate recognising a collection of woodblocks at Vinh Nghiem pagoda as part of the world documentary heritage of Asia-Pacific.

The collection of more than 3,000 Buddhist woodblocks was made in the early 14th century by monks at the pagoda, located in Tri Yen commune, Yen Dung district.

The valuable blocks tell the history of woodblock carving in Vietnam and provide insights into the skills of the pagoda’s eminent monks.

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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