|Bronze artistry: The ancient bell of Viên Minh Pagoda has been recognised as a national treasure. — VNA/VNS Photo Quân Trang|Viet Nam News
CAO BẰNG — The northern province of Cao Bằng has announced a decision by the Prime Minister recognising a pair of early 17th-century bronze bells at the Đà Quận relic complex as national treasures.
The relic complex in Hưng Đạo Commune of Cao Bằng City comprises four heritage items — Viên Minh Pagoda, Quan Triều Temple and the two ancient bells made in 1611.
The two bells, demonstrating the meticulous bronze-casting techniques and sculpture of the Vietnamese people in the 17th century, were classified as national historical relics in 1995.
According to historical documents, Viên Minh, built under the Lý Dynasty (1010—1225), is one of the three oldest pagodas in Cao Bằng Province. The Quan Triều Temple is dedicated to Dương Tự Minh, a famous Tày ethnic general, and his wife, Princess Hồng Liên, a daughter of King Lý Anh Tông (1138-1175).
According to the Cao Bằng City authority, the recognition will promote local traditions and encourage residents to contribute to the development of their hometown. It is also an opportunity for Cao Bằng Province to introduce and enhance local cultural values in the process of the city’s integration and development. — VNS
|Local pride: The Cao Bằng City People’s Committee received the Prime Minister’s decision recognising a pair of bells at the Đà Quận relic complex in Cao Bằng city as national treasures. — VNA/VNS Photo Quân Trang|