Visitors to the exhibition (Source: CPV)Accordingly, more than 50 photos, documents and items reflecting the old Vietnamese education and examination system are on display.
The exhibits were selected from three world documentary heritages of Vietnam: Woodblocks of the Nguyen dynasty (1802 - 1945), Imperial Archives of the Nguyen dynasty, and stone stele records of imperial examinations at the Temple of Literature.
The exhibition is divided into three main parts, introducing the history of Vietnam’s education and examinations through dynasties, the Temple of Literature - the country’s first university, and the stone stele records.
According to UNESCO, the Imperial Archives of the Nguyen dynasty are administrative archives of the last feudal dynasty of Vietnam and in the region which lasted from 1802 to 1945. The collection reflects all aspects of history of the Vietnamese society at the time and the diplomatic relations of the Nguyen dynasty with other countries all over the world. The collection is also the only original administrative records which contains the autographs of ten Nguyen emperors.
The 34,555 plates of woodblocks of the Nguyen dynasty helped to record official literature and history, as well as classic and historical books. Therefore, apart from their historical value, the woodblocks also have artistic and technical merit, as they mark the development of woodblock carving and the printing profession in Vietnam.
The exhibition is being held by the State Records and Archives Department and it will run until April 5th./.