Ho Chi Minh’s “Prison Diary” becomes national treasure

 VietNamNet Bridge – Besides a Ngoc Lu bronze drum, the sets of nine censers and nine cannons, many historical artifacts such as a 37mm anti-aircraft gun, the tank that entered the Independence Palace on April 30, 1975, the "Prison Diary" by President Ho Chi Minh is also on the list of 30 national treasures.

The cover of "Prison Diary" of President Ho Chi Minh.

On October 1, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung signed a decision to recognize the National Treasures (Phase 1) for 30 objects and groups of objects. The national treasures include:

A Ngoc Lu bronze drum, a Hoang Ha bronze drum, the Dao Thinh bronze vase, the bronze statue featuring a person who carries on another on his back, a bronze lamp of the Dong Son Culture, a Canh Thinh bronze drum, a bronze seal of the Tran Dynasty, a blue and white flower vase of the Later Le Dynasty. These artifacts are now preserved at the National History Museum.

They also include: the book "Revolutionary Road," "Prison Diary," the draft "National Call to War of Resistance" by President Ho Chi Minh, which are kept at the National Museum of History; the manuscript of "The Call to People and Soldiers throughout the Country "(the document that President Ho Chi Minh read on the Radio Voice of Vietnam in the morning of July 17, 1966, which is now preserved at the Ho Chi Minh Museum); the testament of President Ho Chi Minh (the original text written from 5/10/1965 to 5/19/1969, archived at the Archives Department of the Party Central Office).

The Dong Duong Buddha statue, the statue of Goddess Devi (Champa culture); statue of Vishnu, statue of Loi My Buddha, the statue of Surya (Oc Eo Culture, preserved at the Ho Chi Minh City History Museum); Bodhisattva Tara statue, My Son E1 temple, Tra Kieu temple (Cham culture, now kept at the Museum of Cham Sculpture, Danang City).

Buddha Amitabha statue (Ly Dynasty, preserved at the Phat Tich Pagoda, Tien Du district, Bac Ninh province); thousand-eyes, thousand-hands Buddha statue (Le Trung Hung Dynasty, kept at But Thap Pagoda, Thuan Thanh district, Bac Ninh province); the sets of nine cannons and nine censers (Nguyen Dynasty, now preserved at the Hue Royal Antiquities Museum, Hue City).

The nine censers located in the south of Hue Citadel.

A 37mm anti-aircraft gun of the People's Army of Vietnam (used in the historic campaign of Dien Bien Phu in 1954, now kept at the Museum of Air Forces); Aircraft MIC 21 F96, number 5121 (used by the Vietnam People's Air Force in the "Dien Bien Phu on the Air" battle, kept at the Vietnam Military History Museum); the duty notebook of the Ho Chi Minh Campaign (describing the combat situation from 25/4 to 1/5/1975, preserved at the Museum of Military Zone 7).

Tank T54B, number 843 (that entered the Independence Palace at noon of 30/04/1975, currently kept at the Vietnam Military History Museum); tank T59, number 390 (which entered the Presidential Palace on 04/30/1975, now kept at the Armor Museum).

The Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Chairs of the People’s Committee of all levels where host the national treasures, the heads of the organizations that are assigned to manage national treasures are responsible to manage these national treasures within their powers, under the provisions of the law on cultural heritage.

P. Linh