Vietnam’s Recognized National Treasures

Some Items are recognized as National and Historical Treasures. Following are the newly-recognized treasures:

1) Ngoc Lu bronze drum (of Dong Son culture (700 – 100 BC), currently being kept at the Vietnam National Museum of History in Hanoi)

The Ngoc Lu drum is regarded as the most important of the Dong Son drums. The drum was accidentally discovered in 1893 in Ha Nam Province, southeast of Hanoi. In contrast to most other drums of the Dong Son, the tympanum bears three concentric panels, which depict animals or humans, interleaved with bands of geometric or circular patterns.

2) Hoang Ha bronze drum (of Dong Son culture (700 – 100 BC), currently being kept at the Vietnam National Museum of History in Hanoi)

The Hoàng Ha drum is a notable specimen of the Dong Son culture of the Bronze Age that existed in the Red River Delta in approximately the first five centuries BCE.

It was discovered in Ha Son Binh Province in 1937 near the village of Hoàng Ha, with an outer panel of crane egrets and an inner panel which shows a procession similar to that described in the Ngoc Lu drum.

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3) Dao Thinh bronze jar (of Dong Son culture (700 – 100 BC), currently being kept at the Vietnam National Museum of History in Hanoi)

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4) Bronze statue of a panpipe-playing couple piggybacking (of Dong Son culture (700 – 100 BC), currently being kept at the Vietnam National Museum of History in Hanoi). It is 8.5cm tall, 9.5cm wide, and was made around 2500-2000 years ago.

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5) Bronze lamp in the shape of a kneeling man (of Dong Son culture (700 – 100 BC), currently being kept at the Vietnam National Museum of History in Hanoi)

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6) Canh Thinh bronze drum (Tay Son era 1778 – 1802 currently being kept at the Vietnam National Museum of History in Hanoi)

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7) Bronze royal stamp (Tran dynasty 1226 – 1400 currently being kept at the Vietnam National Museum of History in Hanoi)

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8) Pottery jar with swan patterns (1428 – 1527 era, currently being kept at the Vietnam National Museum of History in Hanoi)

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9) Dong Duong Buddhist statue (Champa culture 192 – 1832), currently being kept at the Ho Chi Minh City History Museum in Ho Chi Minh City

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10) Devi goddess statue (Champa culture 192 – 1832), currently being kept at the Ho Chi Minh City History Museum in Ho Chi Minh City

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11) A notebook reporting on the Ho Chi Minh Offensive,currently being kept at the Military Zone 7 Museum in Hanoi. The offensive from April 25 to May 1, 1975 ended the Spring Offensive, as well as the Vietnam War against America.

12) Vishnu goddess statue (Oc Eo Culture 1 – 630), currently being kept at the History Museum of Ho Chi Minh City.

Vishnu goddess statue

13) Loi My Buddha Statue (Oc Eo Culture 1 – 630), currently being kept at the History Museum of Ho Chi Minh City.

 Loi My Buddha Statue

14) God Surya Statue (Oc Eo Culture 1 – 630), currently being kept at the History Museum of Ho Chi Minh City.

 God Surya Statue

15) Tara Bodhisattva Statue (Champa culture 192 – 1832), currently being kept at the Champa Sculpture Art Museum in the central city of Da Nang.

Tara Bodhisattva Statue

16) My Son E1 altar (Champa culture 192 – 1832), currently being kept at the Champa Sculpture Art Museum in Da Nang.

 My Son E1 altar

17) Tra Kieu altar (Champa culture 192 – 1832), currently being kept at the Champa Sculpture Art Museum in Da Nang. The altar is a typical symbol of the royal citadel of Champa in Tra Kieu.

Tra Kieu altar

18) Buddha Amitabha Statue (Ly Dynasty 1009 – 1225), currently being kept at Phat Tich pagoda in Tien Du District in the northern province of Bac Ninh.

 Buddha Amitabha Statue

19) Statue of Buddha with a thousand eyes and hands from Le Trung Hung Dynasty (1533–1789), currently being kept at But Thap pagoda in Thuan thanh District in the northern province of Bac Ninh.

Buddha Amitabha Statue

20) “Cuu Vi Than Cong,” a set of nine bronze cannons from Nguyen Dynasty (1802 – 1945). During the Emperor Khai Dinh Dynasty, they were divided into two groups, including Spring-Summer-Autumn-Winter and Metal – Wood – Water – Fire – Earth. The set is kept at the Hue Royal Antiquities Museum managed by the Center for Hue Monuments Conservation.

 Cuu Vi Than Cong

21) “Cuu Dinh” (The Nine Tripod Cauldrons of Nguyen Dynasty 1802 – 1945) is a set of nine bronze censers, vessels used for burning incense, in the Hue ancient citadel. The nine censers are different from each other, symbolizing the difference in the personality of the nine emperors of the dynasty. The set is also currently kept at the Hue Royal Antiquities Museum, managed by the Center for Hue Monuments Conservation.

Cuu Dinh

22) A 37mm anti-aircraft gun used by the Vietnamese People’s Army in the historical Battle of Dien Bien Phu in 1954, currently being kept at the Air-Defence and Air Force Museum in Hanoi.

A 37mm anti-aircraft gun

23) A MiG 21 F96 aircraft, numbered 5121, used by Vietnam People’s Air Force in the historical battle of “Dien Bien Phu in the air” in 1972, currently being kept at the Vietnam Military History Museum in Hanoi.

A MiG 21 F96 aircraft, numbered 5121

24) A T54 tank numbered 843 used in the Ho Chi Minh Offensive, currently kept at the Vietnam Military History Museum in Hanoi.

A T54 tank numbered 843

25) A T59 tank numbered 843 used in the Ho Chi Minh Offensive, currently being kept at Hanoi’s Tank – Armour Museum.

A T59 tank numbered 843

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