On the 30th of January, at Temple of Literature, Cultural and Scientific Activity Center Temple of Literature in collaboration with National University of Civil Engineering Hanoi and UNESCO Office in Vietnam has organized the awarding and closing ceremony of the contest “Illustrating Temple of Literature”.

Launched from December 2020, the organizer received hundreds of entries from students of Hanoi art and architecture universities like National University of Civil Engineering Hanoi, Hanoi University of Architecture, Hanoi Open University, ect.

Entries potrayed prominent architectural categories such as Van Cac pavilion, the gate of the temple, Dai Thanh gate and more. Many of them expressed different views on the architecture and relics at the place like stelae of doctors, banyan trees, therein the most popular themes potrayed was Van Cac pavilion.

Entries were exhibited at the Stalea of Doctors garden area, Temple of Literature

CContestants used a wide range of art mediums sych as pencil, ink, watercolor and more, expressing the familiar but also very fresh beauty of the majestic historical site.

Tourists listening to narration of the exhibition

The contests’ judging committee and advisors

The organizer have chosen 14 most outstanding entries to award. The first prize was awarded to ‘Khue Van pavilion’ by Mr.Dang Viet Loc – National University of Civil Engineering student. Moreover, 2 second prizes, 3 third prizes and 8 consolation prizes were awarded. Besides award-winning works, 40 most remarkable entries were chosen to put on display

The First Prize went to Mr.Dang Viet Loc. He was also the artist who had the highest number of entries (6 entries) and won the most prizes (3 awards), being highly assessed by the judging commitee for the diversity in creative style.

Dr. Le Xuan Kieu – Head of the Cultural and Scientific Activity Center Temple of Literature, Head Organizer said: “The contest opened up the opportunity for students to express their talent and creativity, at the same time encouraged them to look into the special national site Temple of Literature, as well as cultural heritage sites at large. We hope the contest will spread the passion for art and adoration towards cultural heritage among youth, helping to preserve traditional cultural values.”

The awarding and closing ceremony

Award-winning entries:

“Illustrating Temple of Literature” was not only a wholesome and meaningful playground for youngsters who enjoyed art but also contributes to the preservation of Vietnam’s cultural heritage, a specific activity to make Temple of Literature a creative environment according to the pledge between Hanoi and UNESCO on developing a creative space in the area.

Trúc Vũ