UNESCO recognizes Nguyen Dynasty wood blocks

The United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) awarded the Certificate of World Documentary Heritage to the National Archives Center No. 2 of the Records Management and Archives Department of Vietnam for the Nguyen Dynasty wood blocks in Da Lat on January 3.

The Nguyen Dynasty wood blocks in the central town of Da Lat. Recently recognized by UNESCO, some of the blocks are said to illustrate Vietnam's sovereignty over Hoang Sa archipelago.

The wood blocks, which date back to the Nguyen Dynasty (1802-1945), have been deemed extremely valuable in studying Vietnamese culture and history.

The artifacts consist of 34,618 plates on which official literature, geography, socio-politics, military information, legislation, education and history of the Nguyen Dynasty is recorded.

Experts say the national treasures also bear epigraphic contents showing Vietnam's sovereignty over the Hoang Sa archipelago.

The National Archives Center in the central town of Da Lat is the department commissioned to preserve and handle the wood blocks.

By B.Hien – Translated by Kim Khanh

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