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24/01/2021 - 15:15

Hoang Sa gallery - a pilgrimage point for patriotism 

Considered as a pilgrimage point for patriotism, Hoang Sa Gallery - which displays thousands of documents and artifacts about the Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelago under Vietnamese sovereignty currently under Chinese unauthorized occupation, has become an "authentic lesson plan" on sovereignty over the islands.

Inside Hoang Sa Gallery

Hoang Sa Gallery is located on Hoang Sa Street, Tho Quang Ward, Son Tra District. Inside this space, documents and artifacts are displayed under 5 themes: Geographical position and natural conditions of the Paracel Islands; Hoang Sa (the Paracel Islands) in ancient Vietnamese bibliographies prior to the Nguyen Dynasty’s time; Hoang Sa in the ancient bibliography of the Nguyen Dynasty (1802-1945); Evidence of Vietnam's sovereignty over Hoang Sa  from 1945 - 1974; Evidence of Vietnam's sovereignty over Hoang Sa from 1974 up to present.

Hoang Sa gallery was constructed in an impressive design of "The seal of the sovereignty of Vietnam". This unique design concept vividly demonstrates the connection between the past and the present, and, at the same time proves that Vietnam has had a very early process of establishing and enforcing sovereignty over the Hoang Sa archipelago. Especially since the Nguyen Lords’ reign, the seal of Emperor Minh Mang on the document on the establishment of the Hoang Sa squadron was one of the important milestones of this undisputed process of establishing and exercising sovereignty.

The opening of Hoang Sa Gallery is not only the desire of the people of Da Nang but also the wishes of the Vietnamese people at home and abroad. This will be a place for people to self-educate and give affection to the islands and bring people closer to Hoang Sa.

The pictures of Hoang Sa Gallery captured by Thua Thien Hue Online:

Hoang Sa gallery is a place to display documents and artefacts about the Hoang Sa archipelago under Vietnamese sovereignty that is currently illegally occupied by China.

The images of the military stance ceremony in Hoang Sa (the Paracel Islands) are reproduced inside the space of Hoang Sa Gallery

The maps published by Western countries confirm that Chinese territory does not contain the Paracel and Spratly Islands

The national sovereignty flag is displayed at the Hoang Sa Gallery. This place also displays a system of animated and still material documents supported by fine arts, multimedia techniques combined with map systems, to introduce an overview of the natural geographical location, administration of Hoang Sa island district

Hoang Sa related documents in ancient Vietnamese bibliographies of the Nguyen Dynasty (1802-1945)

Oysters brought back by fishermen from the Hoang Sa archipelago

Hoang Sa sovereignty landmark was re-enacted in the central area

Sand brought back from Hoang Sa is displayed right below the sovereignty mark

The fishing vessel DN 90152 (sunk during China’s illegal construction of drilling rig HD981 in Vietnamese waters) was also brought to the space of Hoang Sa Gallery.

The collection is divided into 5 themes, conveying the continuous history of the process of formation, geographical position, and sovereignty of Hoang Sa on legal documents and maps circulated at home and abroad.

Hoang Sa gallery viewed from the outside

Story and photos: P.T