Nearly 200 documents, photos and items are on display at a Vietnamese maritime cultural heritage exhibition that opened in northern Lang Son province on June 24.

The exhibition looks at Vietnam’s seas during five periods, namely the prehistoric period, the 3rd century BC to the 10th century, the 11th century to the 12th century, the 16th century to the 18th century, and from the 19th century to today.

The event aims to provide people of ethnic minorities in Lang Son with information on Vietnam’s seas and islands and its history of maritime trade with foreign countries, thus arousing national pride and raising people’s awareness of protecting the country’s sacred sovereignty.

The exhibition, co-organised by the Lang Son provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the Vietnam National Museum of History, is also an activity to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Lang Son Provincial Museum (June 24, 1993-2013).

At the opening ceremony, 144 artifacts and antiquities relating to Vietnam’s seas and islands were donated to the Vietnam National Museum of History.

The exhibition will stay open to the public until September 2.-VNA