The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, in collaboration with the Hanoi People’s Committee, the Vietnam Cultural Heritage Association and other partners, has planned an elaborate celebration that will take place in the capital over four days.
During Vietnam Cultural Heritage Days, many exhibitions will be held to introduce visitors the culture heritage of Vietnam and cultural features of Thang Long – Hanoi.
The highlight of the event is the exhibition on the Thang Long Royal Citadel, which was recently recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Covering 200 square metres, the display will be arranged in three categories: an overview of the site and its architecture, the important role it has played as a national political and cultural centre from the early 11th to 18th centuries, and the changes the citadel has undergone through various historical periods.
Another exhibition entitled ‘Thang Long Antiquities’ will display 500 artifacts arranged by historical periods, from the 1st to 10th centuries through the Dinh, Le, Ly, and Tran dynasties up to the Nguyen dynasty in the 20th century. Many of the items on display will be shown in public for the first time, according to the UNESCO Vietnam Centre for Antiquity Preservation and Research which organised the exhibition.
Two hundred documents and publications as well as 30 paintings and pictures about Hanoi in the past and present will also be on show as well as displays featuring the customs, traditional crafts and cuisine that make up the essence of the capital.
The event also includes the photo exhibition of the Temple of Literature in the past showcasing 80 photographs taken between 1913 and 1925, depicting the establishment and development of the first university in Vietnam, its 82 doctoral stone steles from the Le and Mac dynasties (1442-1779) that have been recognised as a UNESCO World Documentary Heritage, and the country’s tradition of learning.
Vietnamese Cultural Heritage Days will also include the participation of students and young people in a variety of activities such as folk games, costume shows and traditional arts performances.
As part of the event, a seminar on ‘Preservation and Promotion of Thang Long-Hanoi Tangible and Intangible Cultural Heritage’ will be organised on November 23, followed by an art performance programme at the Au Co Arts Centre in Hanoi, which will be broadcast live on Vietnam Television.
See also: Vietnam world heritage sites