Exhibition on Truong Sa, Hoang Sa archipelagos opens in Da Lat

An exhibition on the historical and legal evidence proving Vietnam’s sovereignty over Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagos was launched in Da Lat city in the Central Highland province of Lam Dong on September 9.

The exhibition, co-organised by the Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) and the provincial People’s Committee, showcases hundreds maps, documents, publications and objects issued by Vietnamese states and other foreign states throughout history that testify to Vietnam’s sovereignty over Hoang Sa and Truong Sa. 

Notably, the National Archive Centre No. 4 in Da Lat is exhibiting the UNESCO-recognised woodblocks of the Nguyen Dynasty (1802-1945) for the first time, which were compiled from 1802 to 1888. Many parts of the documentation mention the Vietnamese state’s exercitation and protection of sovereignty over the two archipelagos.

The exhibition also showcases four atlases issued by the Chinese Qing dynasty in 1908 and the Republic of China in 1917, 1919, and 1933. All of them show the Chinese southernmost territory ending at Hainan Island without any references to Truong Sa or Hoang Sa archipelagos.

The event will run until September 13.