The Hanoitimes - World documentary heritages in Vietnam are being introduced at an exhibition which officially opened at Van Mieu – Quoc Tu Giam (Temple of Literature) in Hanoi on August 26.
On display are over 70 photos and archives on printing woodblocks, imperial rescripts and imperial literature on Hue imperial architecture, in addition to 16 reproductions of woodblocks produced under the Nguyen Dynasty (1802-1945), which have been recognized by UNESCO as world documentary heritages.
The exhibition attracts a large number of visitors.
Through the exhibition, visitors will be provided with information on the official names of the country, imperial examinations of the Nguyen Dynasty and the national spirit through poems on Hue imperial architecture.
Each page of the printing woodblocks tells a story about the country’s names through the course of the historical periods, from the Hung Kings era to the Nguyen Dynasty. Through imperial rescripts, many issues related to education and training policies, as well as examinations held under the Nguyen Dynasty, are introduced.
The imperial literature on Hue imperial architecture is presented in the form of poems in Han script which were carved, enameled and applied on different materials, affirming the good cultural traditions of the nation as well as the pride of the beautiful country.
The exhibition, co-organised by the Hue Monuments Conservation Centre and the Centre for Scientific and Cultural activities of Van Mieu - Quoc Tu Giam, will last until the end of September.
Van Mieu – Quoc Tu Giam is a Temple of Confucius in Hanoi, northern Vietnam. The temple hosts the Imperial Academy, Vietnam's first national university. The temple was built in 1070 at the time of Emperor Ly Thanh Tong.
It is one of several temples in Vietnam which is dedicated to Confucius, sages and scholars. The temple is located to the south of the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long. The various pavilions, halls, statues and stelae of doctors are places where offering ceremonies, study sessions and the strict exams of the Dai Viet took place.
The temple is featured on the back of the 100,000 VND banknote. Just before the Vietnamese New Year celebration Tet, calligraphists will assemble outside the temple and write wishes in Han characters. The art works are given away as gifts or are used as home decorations for special occasions.