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Central city to build Hoang Sa Islands Museum

Update: April, 30/2014 - 16:10
Central Da Nang City will build Hoang Sa Islands Museum. — Photo Nguyen Dong

DA NANG (VNS) — The central city will build the Hoang Sa Museum inspired by the design of a 1835-made seal from the Nguyen dynasty's King Minh Mang for establishing the Hoang Sa Flotilla.

This announcement was made by Chairman of Hoang Sa District Dang Cong Ngu while introducing the museum's architecture.

The design, which was developed by architects Tran Quoc Thanh, Nguyen Quang Huy, and Japanese Fuminori Minakami, features modern architecture under the Vietnamese sculptures.

"The design is an image of the 1835 seal of a decision founding the Hoang Sa Flotilla from the Nguyen dynasty. The seal justifies Viet Nam's sovereignty over the Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagos as per ancient documents from previous centuries," stated Ngu, who is also the director of Da Nang's Department of Home Affairs.

As scheduled, the museum will be built on a 685square-metre area near the Hoang Sa coastline street in the Son Tra Peninsula, this June.

It will store and display collections of artefacts and documents on Viet Nam's sovereignty over the Paracel and Spratly Islands.

The city has managed to gather a comprehensive collection of 95 maps published between 1626 and 1980, 10 of which indicate that the Paracel and Spratly archipelagos belong to Viet Nam, and 102 books published in English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, and the Dutch, and the Han Chinese script.

Many maps in the exhibition also indicate that the frontier of Southern China is the Hainan Island and that Paracel belongs to Viet Nam. — VNS

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