Tuesday, 16/10/2018 18:11

Việt Nam’s maps granted UNESCO certificate

Big deal: Mai Phan Dũng (left), UNESCO Secretary-General in Viẹt Nam, granted representatives of the Nguyẽn Huy family UNESCO’s certificate that recognises Hoàng Hoa Sú Trình Dò as the World’s heritage. — VNA/VNS Photo Cong Tuòng
Viet Nam News

HÀ TĨNH — A ceremony to grant Hoàng Hoa Sú Trình Dò – Viẹt Nam’s historical maps dating back to the 18th century – a certificate of documentary heritage as part of UNESCO’s memory of the World Programme was held on Tuesday at Can Lọc District’s Nghèn Town in the central province of Hà Tĩnh.

The documents, which chart an envoy’s journey to China, were given the status at the 2018 General Meeting of UNESCO’s Memory of the World Committee for Asia and the Pacific that took place on May in South Korea.

Hoang Hoa Su Trinh Do (The Envoyship Journeys to China – literally translated as maps and itinerary of the envoy’s journey to China) belonged to the Nguyen Huy family in the central province of Ha Tinh. With writings, drawings and maps, the book recorded the diplomatic relationship between Viet Nam and China in the 18th century through the journeys of Vietnamese envoys. It was compiled and edited by Nguyen Huy Oanh (1713-1789) based on documents of previous envoys and historical records as well as notes from his own journey in 1766-1767, during which he worked as the main envoy of the Vietnamese delegates.

The handwritten documents are also the only version of their kind being preserved by Nguyẽn Huy family in Truòng Luu Village (presently known as Truòng Lọc Commune in Can Lọc District). The maps inside are drawn with three colours on 30x20cm dó (poonah) paper with notes in Chinese characters. The documents consist of seven parts, the main of which is the 204-page itinerary detailing the nature, people, citadels, villages, relics, landscapes and communicative activities between the envoy, the citizens and local authorities. 

Professor Nguyen Huy My, a descendant of Nguyẽn Huy family, expresses his gratitude to the authorities on introducing his family’s heritage to the world.

Earlier, a variety of cultural activities and exhibitions had been held within Truòng Lọc Commune to introduce Hoang Hoa Su Trinh Do to both locals and visitors.

The Memory of the World Programme is an international programme aimed at safeguarding, preserving and facilitating access to documentary heritage materials. UNESCO launched the programme in 1992. It includes the inscription of significant documentary heritage on national, regional and international registers. — VNS

Historic: With writings, drawings and maps, Hoàng Hoa Sú Trình Dò recorded the diplomatic relationship between Viet Nam and China in the 18th century through journeys of Vietnamese envoys. — Photo

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