Stone stele records of royal examinations to be recognized by UNESCO
Update: Feb 25, 2013
Eighty-two stone steles which record the royal examinations of Le and Mac dynasties (1442-1779) in Van Mieu - Quoc Tu Giam (Ha Noi) will get the certificate of UNESCO as world documentary heritage.

Pham Thi Thuy Hang, Deputy Director of the Temple of Literature's Centre for Cultural and Scientific Activities, says a grand ceremony will be held on February 25 with a screening of a documentary film on the temple's history, arts performances and a seminar on the preservation and development of its cultural values.


The Temple of Literature was built in 1070 in dedication to Confucius and other scholars.


Six years later, Vietnam's first university, named Quoc Tu Giam or known as the Imperial Academy, was established there. 


The temple has remained a symbol for Vietnam's culture and intelligence for nearly 1,000 years.