Tang Thu Lau - a now and then national document storage
  
Update7/13/2021 3:54:18 PM
Constructed on Hoc Hai lake in summer 1825, under the reign of Emperor Minh Mang, Tang Thu Lau (archives office) was one of the national document storages under Nguyen dynasty.

At the time, Nguyen dynasty assigned Thu thong Che Dong Duc Luan to direct 1.000 soldiers participating in building Tang Thu Lau. The structure was scientifically designed to ensure its function as a storage of important royal documents. To avoid fire and protect national original documents, it was built on an island located at the middle of the lake called Hoc Hai. The large two-story structure was made of brick and stone, roofed by tiles. Its walls were 0,4m thick. On the upper floor, there are 7 compartments, 2 wings and several doors. Railings can be found around the structure to avoid humidity. The lower floor was divided into 11 compartments and also surrounded by railings. Tang Thu Lau was the place where documents of diplomatic agencies and ministries were stored.

After Tang Thu Lau had been completed, Emperor Minh Mang constructed a stele to record its purpose, function and meaning. Over time, Tang Thu Lau performed several different functions, therefore, its structure was partly damaged. The stele previously constructed by Emperor Minh Mang also disappeared.  The entire structure was seriously degraded. In 2014, the project on renovating Tang Thu Lau was approved by competent agencies. Today, the construction was completed and officially put into use.

On March 15th, 2021, Hue Monuments Conservation Center organized a ceremony to inaugurate Tang Thu Lau space and introduce Nguyen dynasty's documents.

Photos taken at Tang Thu Lau:

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