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VN gains two more UNESCO world heritage items

Update: May, 21/2016 - 09:00
Visual poetry: Royal poems inscribed on wood can be read from four directions, or from the inside out. Photo Quốc Việt VN Plus
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THỪA THIÊN - HUẾ — Việt Nam has gained two more UNESCO world heritage items following a consensus at the 7th Memory of the World Committee for Asia and Pacific summit.

The summit was held in Huế on Wednesday and Thursday.

The items recognised in the Memory of the World Regional Register for Asia and Pacific are the Phúc Giang School Books’ Wooden Blocks and the Royal Literature on Huế Royal Architecture.

The wooden blocks were created by scholars of the Nguyễn Huy family in central Hà Tĩnh Province in the 18th century. The blocks were used to ink books for the Phúc Giang School, which was located in the old Trường Lưu Village.

Some 400 blocks are still well preserved at the family library.

The Royal Literature on Huế Royal Architecture include poems, literature works and word puzzles by emperors and royal family members in mandarin under the Nguyễn Dynasty (1802-1945) and are inscribed on buildings.

The royal literature can be found inscribed on different materials -- wood, concrete, bronze, stone, enamel and paint. These were used to convey messages related to the kingdom’s power, the nation, on living matters and to decorate the buildings, all at the same time.

Both the items are rare, unique and contain valuable content. These were accorded UNESCO status after close deliberations by the summit members on 16 nominations, including those from Japan, Korea, Malaysia and China, as well as Myanmar and Mongolia.

The other four Vietnamese items recognised in the Memory of the World Regional Register for Asia and Pacific list are the Nguyễn Dynasty’s wooden blocks and the royal records, the Văn Miếu stone stele and the Vĩnh Nghiêm Pagoda wooden blocks.  — VNS

 

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