Phan Huy Chú

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Phan Huy Chú (1782–1840) was a Vietnamese mandarin administrator, scholar and historian. He was a son of the scholar and official Phan Huy Ích, who had been a noted official in the short-lived Tay Son regime.

Chú was recruited to go on a mission to China in 1825, the 6th year of the reign of Minh Mệnh. In 1828 he was appointed deputy governor of Thừa Thiên Province, and then in 1829 governor of Quảng Nam Province.[1] Thereafter he continued to serve the court as a diplomatic envoy, including on a fact-finding trip in 1833 that took him to Singapore and Batavia in the Dutch East Indies. Upon returning from the trip he submitted a report under the title "Summary Record of a Sea Journey."[2]

He is best known as author of Liсh Trieu Hien Chuong Loai Chi (1819).[3][4]


  1. ^ Renowned Vietnamese intellectuals prior to the 20th century 2004 Page 146 "In the 6th year of Minh Mệnh's reign (1825), Phan Huy Chú was recruited to go on a mission to China, and in 1828 he was promoted to Deputy Governor of Thừa Thiên province. In 1829 he was appointed to the Governor of Quảng Nam.
  2. ^ George E. Dutton, Jayne S. Werner, John K. Whitmore Sources of Vietnamese Tradition 2012 Page 255 "The literatus Phan Huy Chu, for instance, traveled to Singapore and Batavia in 1833 and wrote a report of his impressions of the European colonies there (“Summary Record of a Sea Journey”)."
  3. ^ George E. Dutton, et al, Page 265 "His father, Phan Huy Ich, was a noted pro–Tay Son literatus. Phan Huy Chu is best known for his Categorized Records of the Institutions of Successive Dynasties, but he also wrote other significant works."
  4. ^ John Kleinen, Philippe Papin, Huy Lê Phan Liber amicorum: mélanges offerts au professeur Phan Huy Lê 1999 Page 227 "Phan Huy Chu (1782-1840), the third-born son by the writer Phan Huy Ich, was born in Sai Son. He was the author of the famous book Liсh Trieu Hien Chuong Loai Chi (1819) and many other books. For the Vietnamese, he was the man of ..."