The Nguyen Sinh Sac Monument, dedicated to late President Ho Chi Minh's father, has received two bronze drums carved with portraits of the President's relatives and images of his homeland.
DONG THAP —
The drums were donated by the Lam Kinh Cultural Heritage Association in the central province of Thanh Hoa to commemorate June 5, 1911, the day Ho Chi Minh went abroad to seek ways to liberate his country from French colonialism.
Construction of the monument commemorating Sac began in 1975 and was completed two years later in the southern province of Dong Thap.
The site was recognised as a national cultural and historical relic in 1992 by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.
Sac was a mandarin in Nguyen dynasty who resigned from his position to become an herbal doctor to help the poor. He passed away in 1929 in Dong Thap.
THANH HOA — Part of the Ho Dynasty Citadel has been recognised as a National Historical Vestige, according to Do Quang Trong, director of the Ho Dynasty Citadel Preservation Centre.
La Thanh, an external belt of the Ho Dynasty Citadel, situated in the Vinh Loc District of central province of Thanh Hoa, built from soil and bamboo, helped protect the internal citadel and royal area.
Ho Quy Ly, the first king of the Ho Dynasty, built the Ho Dynasty Citadel in 1397 over a period of three months. The citadel, with its walls and four main gates made out of beautifully carved, overlapping green square stone plates, is a cultural and historically significant national monument recognised by the State.
The citadel, connected to a short-lived dynasty (1400-07), sparked a reform of the examination system, the construction of more schools, the heightening of ancient Vietnamese script and the issue of bank notes.
QUANG NAM — Specialists from the Hoi An Cultural Heritage Preservation Centre have discovered an abundance of materials relating to the famous Nguyen Tuong family in Hoi An City, the central province of Quang Nam.
A family tree, photos and other documents written in old scripts will help experts build a profile about the famous family which has produced some of the country's most loved writers and patriots.
LAM DONG — Artistic photos featuring dripping pine resin are on display in an exhibition named Ua... ! (Dropping... !) on the occasion of the World Environment Day which fell on Sunday.
The collection of 72 photos was taken over the course of a year by photographer MPK, whose real name is Nguyen Van Phuoc.
Phuoc discovered the beauty of glittering pine resin one day and began taking photos of the sap as it fell from cuts in the trees. He photographed many pine trees and realised that people were hurting them to get the sap. In addition to its artistic focus, the exhibition shows how people exploit pine trees for their sap, he says.
The exhibition will run until June 20 at Da Lat Cadasa Resort, Da Lat City, in the Central Highland province of Lam Dong. — VNS