Kho tang su thi Tay Nguyen (A Treasure Trove of the Epics of Vietnam Central Highlands Ethnic Minorities) sets a record for the amount of collected folk stories by Central Highlanders. Started in 2001 by the Vietnamese Academy of Social Sciences, it took six years to complete. At a cost of VND17 billion ($915,000) the multi-volume book contains 75 works, including 30 stories from the Bahnar, 26 M’nong and 10 from the E De. The book is in 62 volumes and printed in Vietnamese and all Central Highland languages.
The book is to be submitted to UNESCO to recognize the Central Highlanders’ folk stories as part of the oral and intangible cultural heritage of humanity.
The first set of Braille schoolbooks, from grade 1 to 12, in Vietnam also makes a record in the publishing field. The books took six years to complete by teachers of Nguyen Dinh Chieu, the school for the blind.
Other records include: the first person to successfully apply oriental medicine for drug addiction treatment, the person who carried out the greatest number of research on cancer in Vietnam, and the person who conducted most research on southern folk music. These records show the outstanding enthusiasm of some Vietnamese in specialist fields.
The first popularization of historical knowledge via street banners also made it to the list. This new form of teaching and improving citizen’s historical knowledge has been implemented in HCM City and has drawn the attention of many people.
In addition, the list includes: the biggest tennis racket, the biggest bowl of gruel and the biggest pork sausage with fried skin.