Khmer’s art of writing on Buong leaves recognized as national intangible cultural heritage

The art of writing on Buong leaves of the Khmer ethnic people has been recognized as national intangible cultural heritage by Vietnam's Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism.

According to the State Records Management and Archives Department of Vietnam, Khmer people first carved scripts on Buong leaves, known as Satra, in the 19th century to record Buddhist teachings, folk stories, descriptions of festivals and folk games, and lessons. More than 100 Buddhist scriptures, written in ancient Khmer or Pali language on Buong leaves, are now kept at 30 Khmer pagodas across An Giang province.

An Giang's Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism has established a Provincial Management Board to preserve and promote the Khmer's Buong scriptures, and to raise people's awareness for long-term protection of this intangible heritage.

Source: VOV5