On June 20, 2019, the opening ceremony of the Special Exhibition “Dai Viet’s Nations and Capital Cities through the Ages” took place at the Viet Nam National Museum of History, No. 1, Trang Tien, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi.
Panorama of the Opening Ceremony on June 20, 2016.
Dr. Nguyen Van Cuong, VNMH’s Director giving a speech at the Opening Ceremony
Attending the ceremony were: Ms. Trinh Thi Thuy, Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism; Prof. Dr. Luu Tran Tieu - Chairman of the National Cultural Heritage Council; Mr. Phung Minh Cuong, Deputy Secretary of the Standing Party Committee of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism; Mr. Pham Dinh Phong, Deputy Director of Cultural Heritage Department; Ms. Nguyen Thi Nga, Deputy Director of the State Archive Department; Associate Prof. Dr. Do Van Tru, General Secretary of Vietnam Cultural Heritage Association; Dr. Vu Manh Ha, Director of Ho Chi Minh Museum; representatives of Ninh Binh Provincial Museum, Thanh Hoa Provincial Museum; representative of Russian Cultural Science Center in Hanoi; Japan Foundation Center for Cultural Exchange in Hanoi; Dr. Nguyen Van Cuong - Director of the National Museum of History and leaders and leaders of units under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, museums, management boards and collaborators and retired officials, together with all officers of the VNMH and the press agencies.
Delegates cutting opening ribbons
The national name is the official name used in diplomatic, legal and commercial relations to demonstrate the legitimacy of a dynasty or the government of each nation. The national name also shows the nationality, territorial sovereignty, and political regime of a nation in the international arena. Over thousands of years, Vietnam has had many national names. Additionally, the selection of land for a capital city as the political, military, economic and cultural center of a nation in each historical period is also particularly important.
With an area of about 600 m2, the exhibition “Dai Viet’s Nations and Capital Cities through the Ages " introduces about 100 exhibits with three main parts:
Part 1: National names Van Lang, Au Lac, and the first period of national construction;
Part 2: The period of independent feudal monarchy;
Part 3: After the August Revolution 1945 up to present.
Typical and distinctive artifacts which are selected and presented in the exhibition are the documents of historians from historical dynasties and the results of excavation and archaeological studies of ancient capitals of Vietnam. In particular, the exhibition introduces the Nguyen Dynasty woodblocks, two objects: Canh Thinh bronze drum and the "Dai Nam Thu Thien vinh menh truyen quoc ty" seal, which are two of the twenty national treasures currently being stored at the VNMH.
National treasure: “Dai Nam Thu Thien vinh menh truyen quoc ty"seal National
treasure: Canh Thinh bronze drum
During his speech at the opening of the exhibition “Dai Viet’s Nations and Capital Cities through the Ages", Dr. Nguyen Van Cuong emphasized that the national name and the imperial capital have particularly important values in the national history to determine the owner’s national rights and affirm the national independence in relations with other countries in the world. Inherited through historical periods, the “Viet Nam” national name is still used today. On behalf of the VNMH’s leadership board, Director Nguyen Van Cuong thanked Mrs. Trinh Thi Thuy, Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism for her interest in attending the opening ceremony of the "Red River Treasure – Archaeological Collections from the National Museum of National History" held at the Hermitage State Museum (Russia) last May as well as the opening ceremony of this exhibition “Dai Viet’s Nations and Capital Cities through the Ages ". He also thanked the units and museums who have joined in organizing the exhibition toward good successes.
On the occasion of the 94th anniversary of the Vietnam Revolutionary Press Day (June 21, 1925 / June 21, 2019), on behalf of the VNMH’s leadership board, director Nguyen Van Cuong congratulated and thanked the journalists, reporters and news agencies for their cooperation and support to propagate and promote the value of national culture and historical heritage.
Delegates visiting the Exhibition Public visiting Exhibition
Through the exhibition, the VNMH brings to the domestic and international visitors the historical documents and material evidence to express the aspiration and independent will, the national self-respect and pride of the Vietnamese predecessors. The Exhibition will open through the end of October 2019.
Dr. Nguyen Van Cuong – VNMH’s Director taking photo with Mr. Le Trung Phuc, the fourth grandchild of Le Trung Ngoc at the donation ceremony
On this occasion, the VNMH organized the donation ceremony of artifacts and original photos from family of Viceroy of Tonkin Le Trung Ngoc (1867-1928) - one of the founders of the Association for the Intellectual and Moral Formation of the Annam and the Association for Southern mutual aid.