Documents from Vietnam's Nguyen Dynasty to be stored digitally

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Staff of the National Archives Center shows Katherin the wooden tablets to Katherine Muller Marin (L-4), UNESCO's chief representative in Vietnam.

The National Archives Center IV is studying on how to digitize the original content inscribed in 34,619 wooden tablets from the Nguyen Dynasty so they may be stored on computer files.

The project aims to store and promote precious historical materials, which were composed during the Nguyen Dynasty (1802-1945).

The text, written in Han Nom (a script combining Han Chinese with Vietnamese ideography), chronicles the folklore of ancient Hanoi, which was known as Thang Long from the 11th to 18th centuries.

Among the documents is "Chieu Doi Do," the announcement by the first King of the Ly Dynasty (1009-1225) that the capital city would be moved from the northern province of Ninh Binh to Hanoi in 1010.

There are also documentaries asserting Vietnam's sovereignty over the Spratly and Paracel Islands, two archipelagos in the East Sea which are in dispute.

Katherine Muller Marin, UNESCO's chief representative in Vietnam, recently visited the archives center to view the relics.

She suggested the center launch publicity campaigns on the tablets to instill awareness of Vietnam's cultural heritage among the younger generations.

In 2009, the Nguyen Dynasty's wooden tablets became Vietnam's first entry in UNESCO's World Documentary Heritage program.

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