Wed, 01 Jul 2015. Last updated Wed, 01 Jul 2015 09:42
Vietnam Museum of Literature, under the Vietnam Writers Association, was approved to build by the Prime Minister in 2011. The Vietnam Literature Museum has functions to collect, restore, research, exhibit, introduce cultural heritages, and reflect the process of the formation and development of Vietnam literature. The museum has three floors. The first floor is the exhibition of artifacts and documents of Vietnam literature in ancient and medieval periods. At the central area, there is a stone in symbolic pen shape brought from Hung Temple with meaning words of the great poet Nguyen Du. Here is the exhibition of artifacts of Vietnam literature from 10th century to the end of 19th century, as well as the history of writing characters of Vietnam on materials of paper, cloth, metal, and leaves. This is one of the most valuable museums in Vietnam in terms of culture and literature.
On the first floor, there are displays of statues illustrating the images of national examinations in the past. In addition, there are computer and screen system introducing automatically artifacts. Visitors coming here seem to be entering a cinema introducing about Vietnam literature from early down up until now. The second floor is the exhibition of artifacts and documents about writers who gained Ho Chi Minh Award on Art and Literature. Some famous names are Nam Cao, Te Hanh, and Nguyen Quang Sang... Besides, there are exhibitions of some celebrities of literature in Vietnam in the early 20th century such as Phan Boi Chau, Tan Da, and Ho Chi Minh, along with writers of critical realism, revolution and romance. The third floor is a showcase for writers gaining State Award on Literature and Art in the period against the French colonialism, literature Zone V, South Central, and writers in the north and south of Vietnam. There is the exhibition of Truong Son complex with famous poets as Hoang Cam, Pham Tien Duat, and about Vietnam Congress sessions of Vietnam Writers Association.
In addition to these floors, there are two exhibition rooms of International Exchanges, and Vietnam Countryside Discovery. At the opening ceremony, Poet Huu Thinh, Chairman of Vietnam Writers Association as well as Director of Vietnam Literature Museum shared that Vietnam Literature Museum was not only reserving and keeping place of artifacts serving literary research, but also an attractive cultural address appealing tourists to explore and understand about Vietnam literature. Among 4,000 collected artifacts and documents, there are 3,454 documents and artifacts chosen to display. Many precious artifacts are 200-year-old table of Nguyen Du Poet, Statue of Tran Nhan Tong, table and chairs on which President Ho Chi Minh had a talk with Bao Dai Emperor in 1946, and many valuable artifacts. Museum of Vietnam Literature is open from 8:30 - 11:30 in the morning, and 14:00 - 16:30 in the afternoon from Mondays to Fridays.