Biswaroop Roy Chowdhury, general director of Asia Book of Records, presented the first Asian record certificate to Viet Nam for its dragon statue at a meeting of Vietnamese record makers in HCM City on Oct. 30.

The statue won the title “Longest Carved from one piece of stone”.

It was made by Nguyen Van Huu, who carved a dragon from one piece of casidon (a gem stone) measuring 3.67m long, 0.58m to 1.63m wide, and weighing 1,548 kilos.

He spent 6 months to carve the dragon, which has a natural yellowish undertone mingle with sparkling jade colours.

The statue has set a national record in 2009 for its size.

Huu, director of the HCM City-based Gia Bao Gem Company, was one of dozens of Vietnamese record makers included in the Vietnam Book of Records (Vietbooks).

The Oct. 30 event, organised by Vietbooks, presented certificates and trophies to 52 individuals and organisations who set new national records this year.

Note worthy were five records related to the legendary Truong Son – Ho Chi Minh Trail. It is the longest and highest road used as a strategic route during any war in the country./.