Dau Pagoda woodblocks recognised as National Treasures

A ceremony to announce the Prime Minister’s decision recognising the National Treasure of the Woodblocks of Dau Pagoda took place on May 13 at the pagoda in Thuan Thanh commune, Bac Ninh province. The ceremony also kicked off the 2024 Dau Pagoda Festival.

The 2024 Dau Pagoda Festival takes place from May 13 to 15 (the 6th to 8th days of the 4th lunar month), and include traditional rituals.

It also features festive activities, such as Quan ho (love duet) singing on boats; water puppetry; other diverse folk song genres; and sporting competitions and folk games, among others.

The woodblocks of Dau Pagoda were carved during the “Revival’ Le and Tay Son Dynasties, extending into the Nguyen Dynasty. The woodblocks hold significance in various aspects: historical, religious (specifically Buddhism), linguistic, and calligraphic.

Their recognition as National Treasures provides a legal foundation for their long-term preservation and promotion. It also helps illuminate the history, cultural traditions, and customs of the local area among the public./.