via various sources, 17 November 2023: The Nguyen Dynasty’s administrative documents, recognized by UNESCO as world documentary heritages, are being showcased in Hanoi. These rare documents, which include the red signatures of Nguyen Kings, span from King Gia Long’s reign (1802) to King Bảo Đại’s era (1945). The exhibition, titled “Nguyen Dynasty’s Documents – Memory of A Dynasty,” features hundreds of pages of these historical records, providing insights into Vietnamese history, politics, economics, and diplomacy. These documents are crucial for understanding Vietnam’s sovereignty and social aspects during the Nguyen Dynasty. The exhibition, enhanced with visual technology and art installations, is part of the Vietnam Heritage Day celebrations.
The royal documents with the Nguyễn Kings’ red signatures will be shown at the National Archives Centre 1 in Hà Nội from today.
The documents of the Nguyễn Dynasty starting from the reign of King Gia Long (1802) until the end of the reign of King Bảo Đại (1945) are currently preserved at the centre.
The documents were officially recognised by UNESCO as one of the 78 world documentary heritages in 2017. They are administrative documents issued by the Nguyễn Dynasty, the last feudal system in Việt Nam and the region.
These are the only original documents with Nguyễn Kings’ red signatures in Việt Nam, and are among the world’s rare documents with emperors’ autographs.