While society's traditional values are fading little by little, there is a man who continues to maintain a large collection of small terra-cotta statues, antique coins and ancient Chinese script books.

The man, who is well-known for his antique collecting is Nguyen Khac Bao, head of a trade union branch in the northern city of Bac Ninh.

Bao was born to a family with five generations of experience in making oriental medicine. After graduating, he became a maths teacher at the Teacher Training School 1 in former Ha Bac province.

In 1989, Bao took early retirement after 26 years working as an educator./.