An 80-year-old man in Phu Gia commune, Huong Khe district, central Ha Tinh province, has preserved many valuable things granted by King Ham Nghi to the locals during the Can Vuong (Loyalty to the King) movement against the French occupation some 120 years ago.

These objects include royal proclamations and 20 flags made of brocades, eight sets of clothes and winged hats for mandarins, and a pair of swords carved with dragon and other sophisticated patterns.

The man, named Tran Van Nhung, has also stored three fist-sized elephants, one made of bronze and the two others made of gold, according to the provincial Department of Culture and Information.

Nhung said King Ham Nghi awarded his precious things to local people and loyal mandarins who accompanied the King from the capital city of Hue to Ha Tinh province to prepare an uprising against the French aggressors.

Local authorities are now working to restore and preserve these valuable items.

Source: VNA, Photo: thanhnien