Chu Nom Script


Before Vietnamese adopted the Latin script in the 1920s the language made use of Han Chinese script. However alongside Han was used a system called Chữ Nôm, a unique, ideographic script that was used by the upper class, the educated and government administration to record important cultural and historical material ranging from medicine to official documents to poetry.

Chữ Nôm today is used primarily as decorative and ceremonial writing.

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