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Hoang Sa, Truong Sa documents come to rural people in Hai Duong

More than 2,000 book titles and hundreds of precious photos and documents on Vietnam’s seas and islands are on display at the fifth Vietnam Book Day and an exhibition on the Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagos in the northern province of Hai Duong.

The fifth Vietnam Book Day and the exhibition of ancient maps and documents providing historical and legal evidence to affirm Vietnam’s sovereignty over Hoang Sa and Truong Sa Islands opened at Ninh Giang High School in Ninh Giang, a rural district of Hai Duong, on April 20.

The exhibits include ancient documents in Nom (Vietnamese ideographic script) from Le to Nguyen dynasties (about 15th to 19th century) and the royal records of Nguyen Dynasty (1802-1945), which showed Vietnam early established and exercised sovereignty over Hoang Sa and Truong Sa.

There are also photos of Hoang Sa and Truong Sa archipelagos under the times of French domination and the Republic of Vietnam as well as the daily life of soldiers and people in the islands today.

The exhibition also showcased photos and documents on Hai Duong’s efforts to protect the national sea and island sovereignty.

The book day and exhibition will open to public until April 24 with free admission and tour guides. They are held by the provincial Departments of Information and Communications and Culture, Sports and Tourism in partnership with Ninh Giang district.

In 2014, the Prime Minister decided to take April 21 as Vietnam Book Day in connection with the debut of the Book “Duong Kach Menh” (The Revolutionary Path) by President Ho Chi Minh, the first work written in Vietnamese and printed by Vietnamese workers (April 21, 1927).

On April 18, the national-scale fifth Vietnam Book Day was launched at Thong Nhat Park in Hanoi, featuring over 100 pavilions of nearly 80 publishers nationwide, showcasing 50,000 book titles of various genres.