Nhan Dan – The northern province of Bac Ninh recently received photographs of the woodblock containing the text of King Ly Thai To’s ‘Chieu Doi Do’ (Royal Edict for Moving the Capital) from National Archives Centre IV, under the National Archive Department.
The woodblock was created written in the spring of 1010 to begin the transfer of the Dai Co Viet (ancient Vietnam) capital from Hoa Lu (Ninh Binh) to Dai La (Hanoi). It was discovered by workers in National Archives Centre IV before the 1000th anniversary of Thang Long-Hanoi.
The woodblock, written in 214 Chinese ideograms, is the oldest known woodblock text of ‘Chieu Doi Do’. It is a part of the ‘Dai Viet su ky toan thu’ (Complete Annals of Dai Viet) which is considered the most important and comprehensive book about the history of Vietnam from the 13th century to the 17th century.
The National Archives Centre IV presented Bac Ninh province with two series of photographs of the woodblock and the print taken from it, as well as the translation of King Ly Thai To’s ‘Chieu Doi Do’.
One series of photos was offered to the Do Temple for the Ly dynasty kings in Bac Ninh province and one will be displayed at the provincial museum. The photos aim to inspire national pride, educate younger generations about patriotic traditions and promote Vietnamese history and culture to international visitors.