The enlightening antique collection


A prized, awe-inspiring private collection of potteries dating back to the pre-Sa Huynh and Sa Huynh cultures (from the second millennium BC to the early AD) may add some thousands of years to the history of central Hue city, Vietnam's former imperial capital. This prized collection, considered unique and unparalleled by Phan and several archeologists and historians, is much of the digging work by local fishermen and boatmen in the area's rivers, especially the Huong river, which spans over … [Read more...]

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Monumental blunder


Historic relics suffer as Hue pays excessive attention to one dynasty Thousands of artifacts dating back to prehistoric age and the Sa Huynh Culture (1,000 BC and 200 AD) excavated from Con Rang and Con Dai archaeological sites are stored in a dilapidated warehouse belonging to the Thua ThienHue Museum of History and Revolution. On rainy days, people cover the artifacts with raincoats and waterproof cloth. … [Read more...]

Discovering the past – Sa Huynh culture

Archeological researcher Ho Tan Phan explains a Sa Huynh culture's object. After 30 years working in the field of Sa Huynh Culture, he has collected hundreds of the objects (Photo: Tuoi Tre Newspaper)

Along with an exhibit, "Sa Huynh - 100 nam phat trien va nghien cuu" (Sa Huynh culture - 100 years on development and research), in Hanoi, Tuoi Tre newspaper talked with a researcher, Ho Tan Phan, who has spent over 30 years on the Sa Huynh culture. Tuoi Tre: How hard has it been to research a dead culture? Ho Tan Phan:The first thing I want to mention is that our country is very lucky to possess three gorgeous cultures, including Dong Son in the north, Sa Huynh in the central region and … [Read more...]

Rare object fished out of Huong river

A nearly intact earthen tripod was recently fished out of the Huong River, and is now one of the most important items in cultural researcher Ho Tan Phan's collection of ancient pottery found in riverbeds around Hue. The earthen tripod is made out of baked raw clay mixed with impurities. It is decorated by rope patterns vertically running from the mouth to the bottom. The 19cm-high object has a face of 8cm in length and 6cm in width with three horizontally-laid-holes. The object was found in … [Read more...]

Archaeological News

According to Decision nr. 3536 - BVHTT of the Ministry of Culture and Information, the Museum of History of Vietnam in coordination with the Service of Culture and Information of Thua Thien - Hue, has undertaken the archaeological excavation of the site Con Dai, commune of Huong Chu, district of Huong Tra, province of Thua Thien - Hue. According to Decision nr. 3536 - BVHTT of the Ministry of Culture and Information, the Museum of History of Vietnam in coordination with the Service of Culture … [Read more...]

Over 200 Ancient Tombs Found in Thua Thien-Hue

The tombs found at the Con Rang relics in Thua Thien - Hue Province's Huong Tra District.

A total of 216 ancient tombs dating back to Sa Huynh culture were found buried together at the Con Rang relics in Huong Tra district of central Thua Thien-Hue province. The result of the third excavation is the biggest archaeological discovery about the number of such tombs found in the central region so far, said archaeologists from the Viet Nam Institute of Archaeology and the provincial Revolutionary-Historical Museum. Director of the Thua Thien Hue Revolutionary-Historical Museum Van … [Read more...]

Ancient tombs of Sa Huynh culture discovered in central Vietnam

An additional 216 ancient tombs, including more than 200 jar tombs, have been found in the central province of Thua Thien Hue. The tombs cover 2,300sq.m of the Con Rang relics site in Phu O hamlet, Huong Chu commune of Huong Tra district and were excavated on July 30 by the Vietnam Archaeological Institute in coordination with the Thua Thien-Hue Revolutionary and HistoricMuseum. Archaeologists said these tombs belonged to the Sa Huynh culture, dating back over 2,000 years. Earlier, as many as … [Read more...]

The illuminating 700-year-old excavation finds


The preliminary finds including unique items, recovered from the shipwreck off central Quang Ngai province's Binh Chau commune after a painstaking excavation that kicked off early last month and adopted an innovative excavation method, are really eye-opening. Excavator to expand site for more possible shipwrecks According to Dr. Pham Quoc Quan, from the National Heritage Council, at the June 30 finding report meeting, this shipwreck, which dates back to the 13th century, is the oldest and … [Read more...]

Hanoiologist Vu Tuan San and 100 years with Hanoi

The 100-year-old researcher on Hanoi, Vu Tuan San won the Grand Prize in the 2014 Bui Xuan Phai - For Love of Hanoi Awards

(VOVworld) - Vu Tuan San, a veteran researcher of Hanoi and Han-Nom studies, has won the Grand Prize in the 2014 Bui Xuan Phai - For Love of Hanoi Awards. At the age of 100 San, who was born and raised in Hanoi, is still absorbed in his research every day. We visited researcher Vu Tuan San at his house in Hoang Mai district on an October autumn morning. San still lives in the same place, an area with a common gate for six households clustered around a charming garden and a fish pond. In a … [Read more...]

Vietnam youths work to connect past glory to present reality


Young people in Vietnam have found their own ways to revive history, including writing books on ancient attire, creating 3D historical paintings, and restoring old houses. Some choose to become researchers to retrace history for their work, while others are like 'developers of history' who create new products featuring historical vestiges. … [Read more...]

Exhibition showcases history of Hanoi and books

The copy of a document ordaining Master Nguyen Huy Oanh as a ministerial official on October 29, 1783.  An ancient palm-leaf book in ancient Thai language, which can be opened like a fan, is exhibited.

King Ly Thai To's "Chieu Doi Do" (Royal Edict for Moving the Capital) made of wood with gold-plated letters affirms the special role of Thang Long Citadel during feudal dynasties. … [Read more...]

Researcher receives coveted award

Tribute: Ha Noi researcher Vu Tuan San (centre) receives a bouquet of flowers from Nguyen Thi Bich Ngoc (right), vice chairwoman of Ha Noi People's Committee, and Nguyen Duc Loi , general director of the Vietnam News Agency. - VNA/VNS Photo

HA NOI (VNS) - Veteran researcher Vu Tuan San was awarded the Bui Xuan Phai Grand Prize yesterday for his comprehensive work on the capital city. … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 14/8


Short film series to be presented in HCM City Ten short films in the series Berlinale Shorts Go Abroad of the International Film Festival of Berlin will be screened at Cafe Thu Bay coffee shop this weekend. … [Read more...]

Translated royal diplomas on display

DA NANG (VNS) - The central city's museum is displaying a translation of 12 royal diplomas that Emperor Tu Duc conferred on Pham Phu Thu, a high-ranking mandarin of the dynasty. The translation was completed in three months by Deputy Director of the museum Huynh Dinh Quoc Thien. The translated versions of the old royal documents will help reveal information, and the contribution to the country and the Nguyen dynasty by the mandarin. One of the royal decrees was written by Emperor Tu Duc, the … [Read more...]

Vietnam’s Maritime: Ancestors’ history books assert Vietnam’s national sovereignty

Photo taken from the 1827 World Atlas Bruxelles. The World Atlas Bruxelles which has been judged by the French and Belgian historians as the high scientific and legal value in affirming the undeniable sovereignty of Vietnam over the Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagoes.— File Photo

(VOVworld) - Since feudal times, Vietnamese people have attached importance to raising awareness of national sovereignty. History books in the Chinese-transcribed Vietnamese show that lessons about national sovereignty used to be a top priority. Issues relating to Vietnam's territorial borders have been mentioned in history books since the feudal era. For instance, a book giving an overview of Vietnamese history written in the late 19th century described the country's history, name changes, … [Read more...]

Chinese-transcribed Vietnamese book proves Truong Sa, Hoang Sa belong to Vietnam

Associate Professor Trinh Khac Manh says the book is of scientific significance and is legal foundation to confirm Vietnam's sovereignty over territorial waters in the East Sea

(VOVworld) - A book in Chinese-transcribed Vietnamese confirming Vietnam's sovereignty over the Truong Sa and Hoang Sa archipelagoes made its debut in Hanoi on Tuesday. The book comprises 46 documents - maps, sets of historical and geographical monographs, volumes of administrative documents, and a collection of poems - fully recording Vietnamese sovereignty over the archipelagoes and territorial waters of the East Sea. Most worthy of note is the map, entitled 'The Collection of Route Map … [Read more...]

Scholar devotes years to Hoang Sa research

Patriotic: Tuong studies Viet Nam's sovereignty over Hoang Sa (Paracel) islands. — VNS Photos Nguyen Huy

by Nguyen Huy and Ha Nguyen Nguyen Phuoc Tuong, 90, has invested almost 20 years researching about Hoang Sa (Paracel) islands, despite facing many difficulties. We visited his home in the central city of Da Nang's Tran Quy Cap Road on a pleasant day to gain more knowledge about his research and love for the islands. He showed us a 400-page manuscript about Hoang Sa, which had been compiled, collected, and written by him. When asked why he had spent time and energy doing research on the … [Read more...]

President congratulates Han-Nom researcher Vu Tuan San’s 100th birthday

(VOVworld) - President Truong Tan Sang on Sunday sent his congratulations to Vu Tuan San, a researcher of Han-Nom (Old Chinese and Chinese-transcribed Vietnamese) in Hanoi on his 100th birthday. San is one of the most experienced Han-Nom researchers in Vietnam who has carried out many research and translation projects of great value. … [Read more...]

Kieu Tale to be translated into Russian

Revered poet Nguyen Du's hallmark "Truyen Kieu" (Kieu Tale) will be translated into Russian by an expat Vietnamese. According to Ha Tinh's Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the poetic masterpiece will be translated into Russian by Dr. Nguyen Huy Hoang, who is working at Moscow University in Russia. Hoang Van Vinh, CEO of Zlolotoi Drakon Co. and chair of the Vietnamese Expats Association in Xvetdlov province, Russia, will provide US$5,000 for the translation and publication of the … [Read more...]

Hue: Establishing 3D model about heritage


(Cinet) - The Hue Relic Preservation Center has recently announced the 3D images of the Hue royal palace, namely the edifices at The Mieu - Hien Lam Cac to help with their restoration. According to Phan Thanh Hai, head of the center, more edifices will be re-created in 3D models with an aim to establish a digitalized data bank on Hue relics and better preserve them. In the past, entry to the sacred place was restricted to royal males and even the queens weren't allowed to enter. The … [Read more...]