Bas-reliefs on the Nine Bronze Urns in Hue Imperial Palace recognized as the world documentary heritage by UNESCO

  
Update5/8/2024 4:15:30 PM
(TTH Portals) - the 10th Memory of the World Committee for Asia and the Pacific (MOWCAP) General Meeting was held in Mongolia by UNESCO. At the meeting organized on May 8, 2024, 20 nominations were assessed in terms of regional significance, uniqueness and rarity. Bas-reliefs on the Nine Bronze Urns in Hue Imperial Palace (so-called “Cuu dinh - Hoang cung Hue”) is the only nomination from Vietnam.

“Cuu dinh - Hoang cung Hue” (the Nine Bronze Urns in Hue Imperial Palace) was casted in 1835 as ordered by Emperor Minh Menh to symbolize the royal authority and the existence of the Nguyen dynasty and the unification of Vietnam They have been placed in front of The To Mieu temple (Hue Imperial Palace) since they were completed in 1837. One hundred sixty-two bas-reliefs exquisitely carved on their surfaces showed the remarkable skill of Vietnamese craftsmen. Deep inside the Nine Bronze Urns are great message and values which go beyond the stature of royal dynasty to long live with time and mankind.

They are a one-of-a-kind source of resources concerned by not only domestic, but also foreign researchers due to their great values in history, culture, education, feng-shui, medicine and pharmacy and calligraphy. 


The certificate handed to Vietnamese representatives by UNESCO

Bas-reliefs on the surfaces of the Nine Bronze Urns show the cultural relation and contact between Vietnam and countries located in East Asia. Despite ups and downs over nearly 200 years, they are still kept intact. The unique artifact stand for the royal authority and existence of feudal dynasty in Asian countries.

At the 10th Memory of the World Committee for Asia and the Pacific (MOWCAP) General Meeting, the Nine Bronze Urns in Hue Imperial Palace was certified as memory of the world for Asia and the Pacific Regional Register. This decision was approved by 23 out of 23 member countries.


This recognition is the pride of Vietnam in general and Thua Thien Hue in particular. Moreover, it upgrades the brand of Hue which is home to 8 world heritage. It is also a foundation and a gift to affirm Thua Thien Hue’s objective to become a centrally managed city on the basis of Hue cultural identity.

Photos taken at the Nine Bronze Urns in Hue Imperial Palace:

www.thuathienhue.gov.vn
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