A total of 33,971 woodblocks engraved with Chinese characters are kept at the centre. The wood blocks were used to print books in Vietnam during the 19th and early 20th centuries, with their rich and diverse content reflecting many aspects of Vietnamese society under the dynasty. In 2009, UNESCO recognized the woodblocks as Vietnam's first World Documentary Heritage.

A total of 33,971 woodblocks engraved with Sino-characters are kept at the National Archives Center IV. (Photo: National Archives Centre IV)

At the two events, participants experienced the use of hologram technology to understand the story of the woodblocks through sand art, 3D mapping technology to see the process of compiling and engraving woodblocks, and virtual reality technology and QR code scanning to access exhibition information.

They also engaged in a discussion about digital transformation in harnessing the value of archival documents with managers and experts in the fields of archives and technology.

In 2009, UNESCO recognized the Nguyen Dynasty woodblocks as Vietnams first World Documentary Heritage.

In his remarks, Deputy Minister of Home Affairs Nguyen Duy Thang praised the approach of leveraging the value of archival documents by combining tradition with modernity. He noted that the use of digital technology to recreate the woodblock’s formation history, engraving processes and carved information allows the public to access their almost original forms.

Source: VNA