Glazed ceramic tower from Tro Pagoda recognised as national treasure

NDO – The provincial authorities of Vinh Phuc held a ceremony on May 16 to receive a certificate recognising the glazed ceramic tower from Tro Pagoda as a national treasure.


Dated to the 14th century, the tower is currently being preserved at Vinh Phuc provincial Museum. Previously, it was a worshipping item at the ancient Tro pagoda in Dan Tru hamlet, Yen Phuong commune, Yen Lac district. The pagoda is believed to have been built between the Ly and Tran dynasties (11th-14th centuries).

The tower is decorated with patterns in various themes of dragons, Buddha, flowers and leaves, which are featured in sophisticated stamping and carving techniques, making it stand out among the collection of Vietnamese ceramic objects.

The object is among 22 valuable items which were recently added to the list of national treasures under the Prime Minister’s decision issued in December 2018. The new recognition has raised the number of national treasures to 164.

Speaking at the ceremony, Vice Chairman of Vinh Phuc provincial People’s Council Nguyen Ngoc Binh said that the recognition for the glazed tower at Tro pagoda is a source of pride for the locals and thus called on Vinh Phuc residents to preserve and promote the value of cultural treasures in the province.

Following the ceremony, the local authorities announced the opening of an exhibition showcasing more than 200 objects dated to the Ly – Tran dynasties which were found in Vinh Phuc province.