The exhibition themed Khoi Nguon Dao Hoc (Initial Sources of Education) highlights the outstanding contribution of prestigious people in the "historical flow" of Vietnamese education.

Documents about King Ly Thanh Tong (1023-1072), who valued talent, have great contribution to national education history. (Photo:

It includes more than 300 documents and artefacts with contents showcased in four parts to feature and recreate life of honorable people including kings and scholars, such as kings Ly Thanh Tong (1023 - 1072), Ly Nhan Tong (1066 - 1128) and Le Thanh Tong (1442 - 1497), Scholar Chu Van An (1292 - 1370) and other influential people such as Queen Mother Y Lan, and academics Le Van Thinh, Than Nhan Trung and Luong The Vinh.

Speaking at the opening ceremony held early this month by the Van Mieu - Quoc Tu Giam Cultural and Scientific Center (VCSC), Do Dinh Hong, Director of the Hanoi Department of Culture and Sports, said through the displayed documents and artefacts, a heritage space will be created serving well the needs of visitors to learn about the contributions of academic luminaries to education and fostering talents, and their lessons are still valuable in today's social life.

Le Xuan Kieu, Director of the VCSC, said the exhibition was carried out by officials and staff of the center with the help of Vietnamese scientists and experts from France.

The exhibition tells the stories of three kings, a queen, a scholar teacher and doctorates. They all have virtue and high intellect, sharing the same vision of school and education – factors that enable us to move towards a more peaceful, prosperous and equitable society, according to Kieu.

The event also helps the public better understand the history and development of Van Mieu - Quoc Tu Giam, the first national university, as well as the ancient Vietnamese education and examination system during the royal period.

Amélie, a representative for Beau Design, the foreign unit which carried out the Khoi Nguon Dao Hoc project, said that the display content aims to honor five famous people who strived to turn education into a core foundation of the Dai Viet nation.

The content is associated with the history of Van Mieu - Quoc Tu Giam. It is also a continuation of the exhibition space themed "Quoc Tu Giam - The First National University" to further spread the values of the relic site, and honors its status as the first national school in the royal period, according to Amélie.

Amélie also said the display gathered maximum historical data and arranged the spaces to convey the values of intellect and memory.

With a contemporary, formal and sustainable style of expression, the design focuses on the theme of education through artefacts and associated values that attract visitors, especially young people, through interactive forms of expression, she added.

The colors used for the display are reminiscent of past dynasties while artefacts such as the students' desks or desks in the kings' study rooms are arranged to spread the image of famous people's efforts and spirit of learning during the royal era.

The exhibition content also aims to present famous people not as monarchs but as exemplary role models, according to Amélie.

Source: VNA