National treasures need adequate preservation work

Since 2012, around 20 artifacts have been recognized as national treasures every year. They are original and unique which have special values in life. However, not all the national treasures have received adequate preservation efforts. Behind the honor of the treasures, there are many challenges in preserving and promoting their values.


The dragon-carved stone pillar in Dạm pagoda is the most majestic stone carving sculpture in Vietnamese history, dating back to the 11th century.

It is one of the national treasures in the northern province of Bac Ninh which was recognized in late 2017. For people in Nam Son ward, Bac Ninh city, the thousand-year-old pillar is not only a pride, but also carries great spiritual value.

This fence is the only mean to protect the national treasure. According to the local government, lack of funding has hindered treasure preservation work.

The communal hammock door in Diem village- a unique piece of sculpture is one of the two newly recognized national treasures in Bac Ninh province. Despite being kept inside the worshipping facility with roof, preservation has proven difficult.

Currently, Bac Ninh has 10 artifacts and groups of artifacts being recognised as national treasures. Most of them can be found in relic sites, so the preservation work is still mainly done by the sites’ management boards. Besides, the promotion of the value of treasures has not been given adequate attention. Most treasures do not have signs, making it difficult for people to understand their significance.

Introducing national treasures into tourism development is one of the measures contributing to promoting their value. However, national treasures need to be treated differently, not just like any relic or antiquity./.