It is the first intangible heritage of Vietnam to be recognized by UNESCO.
According to UNESCO Councilâ€™s evaluation, â€œVietnamâ€™s royal court music has the meaning of â€˜refined musicâ€™. It mentions Vietnamâ€™s court music which is performed at annual festivals, celebrations and special events, such as the enthronement ceremonies, funeral ceremonies or official receiving ceremonies. Among various kinds of music developed in Vietnam, only nha nhac is considered the national musicâ€.
For this reason, Nha nhac was recognized by UNESCO as a â€œMasterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanityâ€ in 2003.