Nguyen Dynasty Urns in Hue make it to the UNESCO Memory of the World List

The urns received unanimous votes by all 23 member countries

ULAANBATAAR Nine Nguyen Dynasty Urns, installed in the courtyard of the Purple Citadel in Hue have been inscribed in the Memory of the World Register.
The world recognition was announced in Mongolia's capital on Wednesday during the 10th plenary meeting of Memory of the World Committee for Asia and the Pacific. The urns received unanimous votes by all 23 member countries.
The Viet Nam delegation included representatives from Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Foreign Ministry, Viet Nam National UNESCO Committee, Memory of the World Viet Nam Programme and Thua Thien - Hue Province officials.
The Nine Dynasty Urns were cast for two years, from 1835 to 1837 at the time of the King Minh Mang – in front of The Mieu yard, behind Hien Lam Cac in Hue Imperial City, each representing a King of the Nguyen Dynasty.
All the urns, crafted with the best artisans of the time by the order of King Minh Mang (1820 --1840) to symbolise the royal power of the ruling dynasty and showcase the Kingdom of Dai Nam's beautiful flora and fauna. The urns were created with the aspiration of building a strong and stable country for future generations.
Being unique, the urns were cast in 1835 and it took artisans one year to carve details of 153 scenarios and nine pamphlet on the urns' bodice to represent country's best produce.
The 152 scenarios posses not only historic and artistic values, they are also authentic and rare resources for researchers as they also hold cultural, educational, geographical, medical, fengshui, and caligraphy values.
King Minh Mang even made a step ahead of his time, by giving a woman's name to a cannal, an unprecedented practice in the royal court.
The Nguyen Dynasty ruled the Kingdom of Dai Nam, as Viet Nam was then known, from 1802 until 1945 with 13 Kings with Gia Long the founding Emperor and Bao Dai, the last.
Other Kings, Duc Duc and Hiep Hoa were dethroned and assassinated, Ham Nghi led an anti-French campaign, Father and son Thanh Thai and Duy Tan were forced to abdicate and went into exile and the last King, Bao Dai were not attached to any of the urns.
All the royal urns still stand in their original placements since 1837 and remained intact through wars. The images bear mountains of the original homeland of the Nguyen in Thanh Hoa Province, to the rice plant that has been the staple crop, to cannons, the major weaponry during the Nguyen dynasty. King Minh Mang foresaw ahead of his time and era.
Minh Mang, the fourth son of Emperor Gia Long, ruled for 21 years and implemented significant reforms during his reign. Under his leadership, the country's territory reached its largest extent. In 1838, he made the decision to change the country's name to Dai Nam, and also renamed Thang Long to Ha Noi, a name that has been kept until today.
Recognised as National Treasure Relics in 2012, the Nguyen Dynasty Urns recognition today adds to the 10 heritage sites inscribed on the UNESCO Memory of the World Register in Asia-Pacific. 

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