EXHIBITION "THE DOCTOR’S STELES TELLING STORIES"
On October 8, the Center for Cultural and Scientific Activities Văn Miếu - Quốc Tử Giám performed a thematic exhibition on "The doctor’s Steles telling stories" with the theme "Virtuous and talented men are the primordia vitality of a State" on the occasion of the 68th anniversary of the Capital Liberation Day (October 10, 1954 - October 10, 2022).
From the early days of setting up an independent monarchy, Vietnamese feudal dynasties focused on selecting and utilizing the talents of the people. Ever since the exam held in 1442, the Doctoral’s Laureates were inscribed on the steles located in the capital city at Văn Miếu in order to pass on their reputation of excellence to generations to come.
The historical, cultural and artistic value of the 82 doctoral steles at Văn Miếu - Quốc Tử Giám are not simply expressed through the ancient Chinese characters or decorative patterns on the stele. Behind the dry, hard, and silent rock faces are thousands of interesting stories about the lives and careers of more than 1,300 doctor’s laureates, waiting to be discovered. Therefore, the Cultural and Scientific Activities Center of Văn Miếu - Quốc Tử Giám carried out a thematic exhibition on "The doctor’s Steles telling stories" with the theme "Virtuous and talented men are the primordia vitality of a State" including the following contents:
1. Recruiting talented men: introducing some of the main features of our country's examination in the period 1442 -1529.
2. The examination path: Introducing information about the exam and the remuneration for those who successfully pass.
3. Good examples of our predecessors: introducing some representative scholars who had made many contributions to the field of education as well as to other fields.
4. A reputation that lasts forever: introducing famous quotes about the value of training and utilizing the talents of the people.
"Virtuous and talented men are the primordia vitality of a State" is the first chapter in the long story that 82 Doctor’s steles at Văn Miếu Thăng Long will tell in the coming days. The first 14 doctor’s steles which related to examinations during the period of 1442 – 1529, corresponding to those held under the Lê Sơ dynasty and ending with the first examination of the Mạc dynasty, are selected to be displayed. The remaining doctor’s steles will be introduced to visitors in future exhibitions. Those will be the next chapters of the interesting story of the 82 doctor’s steles at Văn Miếu - Quốc Tử Giám.
The exhibition will open at 9:00 am on September 8, 2022 at the Thai Hoc house, located at the Special National Landmark of Văn Miếu - Quốc Tử Giám. The exhibition will be lasted for 1 month (from October 8, 2022 to November 8, 2022).
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