Ministry considers designation of national treasures
Update: Jul 16, 2012
Profiles of 30 historical objects have been submitted to the Prime Minister by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism for recognition as national treasures.

The objects were earlier selected by the National Heritage Committee from a list of 90 recommended items.

They include artefacts of the Champa civilisation (1,000-200 BC), Dong Son civilisation (700 BC - AD100) and Oc Eo civilisation (AD0-630).

Items are also drawn from various royal dynasties, such as the Ly (1009-1225), Tran (1226-1400), Le So (1428-1527), Le Trung Hung (1533-1789), Tay Son (1778-1802) and Nguyen (1802-1945).

The collection includes the hand-written book Duong Kach Menh (Revolutionary Road) and the Prison Diary of late President Ho Chi Minh.

A 37mm anti-aircraft gun used in the historic Dien Bien Phu campaign in 1954, MiG 21 fighter which flew in the Dien Bien Phu air battle in 1972, and the first two tanks to occupy the Independence Palace in Saigon on April 30, 1975, are also among the items that have been submitted for recognition.