On Feb 1, the Vietnam National History Museum held a ceremony to announce more national treasures of the museum and to receive precious materials related to the sovereignty claims of Vietnam over the Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagos.
The maps and documents affirm Vietnam’s sovereignty of Paracel and Spratly islands.
The collection, comprising 23 maps of different kinds and 10 documents in English and Japanese, was donated by Tran Manh Tuan, a local resident of Hanoi.
Tran Manh Tuan Tuan, who used to be a border guard, has pursued his hobby of collecting valuable documents and objects related to Vietnam’s islands and sea for years.
By presenting the collection, he hoped the Museum will help promote its value, especially raise public awareness of Vietnam’s sovereignty over the two groups of archipelagos in the East Sea.
Museum representatives appreciated Tuan’s collection, saying experts will verify the maps and documents and display them to the public.
The Vietnam National History Museum also announced 11 national treasures being kept at the museum, including well-known Ngoc Lu bronze drum, intricately carved ceramics products dating back to the 14th-15th centuries, as well as late President Ho Chi Minh’s Duong Kach Menh (Revolutionary Path) book and his collection Prison Diary.