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Architectural heritage crumbles

In Uncategorized on January 12, 2011 at 7:09 am

Architectural heritage crumbles

QĐND – Monday, January 10, 2011, 20:26 (GMT+7)

Historic buildings in two localities that functioned as commercial port towns during the Nguyen dynasty are in a severely dilapidated condition.

The Bao Vinh town, which hosted a busy port in 18th century, had 39 old buildings standing at the end of the American War.

Meanwhile, Gia Hoi, a bustling port town in early 19th century, had 140 old buildings featuring traditional Vietnamese, Chinese as well as French colonial architecture.

These buildings have been so badly damaged by the rampant urbanisation of last two decades that only 15 of them still stand in Bao Vinh, while Gia Hoi has 55.

Residents complain that they are caught in a bind. On the one hand, they cannot repair their houses to make them safe or expand it to meet their needs because authorities have banned such actions. On the other hand, the authorities themselves have taken no action to preserve the old buildings.

“Many old houses in Bao Vinh are in ruin and vulnerable to floods and hard weather,” said Nguyen Van Bon, chairman of Huong Vinh commune.

A conservation project to protect the two towns was set up by Thua Thien Hue province in 2003, but only three houses were repaired with funds from the French Parliament. In Gia Hoi, one pagoda had its gate and entrance restored.

Experts have called on authorities to act before it is too late.

“Architecture reflects history, so there is a need to protect Bao Vinh and Gia Hoi. Authorities should promptly come up with ways to deal with the conflict between conservation and locals’ benefits,” said Nguyen Viet Tien, chairman of the province’s Planning Association.

Nguyen Xuan Hoa, former director of the province’s Culture Department, said it was not possible to restore Bao Vinh as an old town because not many old house remained in it.

“But Gia Hoi has unique architectural values with a national-heritage pagoda, a Hindu temple, the house of a Japanese karate master, overseas Chinese club house, French colonial buildings and palaces of royal family members. It would be interesting to restore the old town,” he said.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Photo contest to promote ‘World heritage in Vietnam’

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:20 am

A photography contest entitled ‘World heritage in Vietnam’ has just been launched by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. It runs from January until July.

                             Hoi An ancient town

The competition aims to collect and release collections of various artistic photographic works on Vietnam world’s heritages sites. This is in order to promote and honor these heritage sites, and to educate the public about the preservation of our inheritance.

Vietnam has currently 13 world heritages sites recognized by UNESCO. These include: the Complex of Hue Monuments; Ha Long Bay; My Son Sanctuary; Hoi An Ancient Town; Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park; Hue Royal court music; the Gong Culture in the Central Highlands; love duet singing of Bac Ninh; the chamber music of Ca Tru; the Wood-blocks of Nguyen Dynasty, the Doctoral stone steles in the Temple of Literature; Thang Long Royal Citadel; and the Saint Giong festival.

The best photographs will be chosen and displayed at exhibitions in both Ha Noi and Da Nang on the 66th Anniversary of our National Day – September 2, 2011.

Source: SGGP

Italy helps My Son World Heritage restoration

In Uncategorized on December 24, 2010 at 4:36 am

Findings on ancient Cham bricks and mortar have contributed to the restoration and conservation of My Son World Heritage.

          My Son Sanctuary (Photo: Vnexpresss)

At a press briefing held in Hanoi on Dec. 21, Italian Ambassador to Vietnam Enzo Angeloni said the result of the second phase of the “Safeguarding of My Son World Heritage” project was attributable to the joint efforts of the Vietnamese and Italian scientists as well as the assistance of the Italian Government and UNESCO representative office in Vietnam.

The Italian diplomat said Vietnam’s heritage conservation projects are on the priority list for the Italian Government’s development cooperation in Vietnam. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) and the Italian Government will continue assisting Vietnam to implement the third phase of the project.

The project, financed by Italy through UNESCO, was carried out with non-refundable aid of 642,000 USD in the first phase from 2003 to 2005 and 453,000 USD in the second phase from 2006-2010.

Under the project, Italian, UNESCO and Vietnamese experts have conducted research activities and materials analysis and tested building techniques as well as provided vocational training for officials and management officers of the archeological area of My Son.

At the event, Italy introduced a draft manual on the restoration of heritages based on experience gained during the implementation of the project. This publication, in English and Vietnamese, will soon be available at national and international level.

The archeological area of My Son is one of the most important relics in Vietnam and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999.

Source: SGGP

Cultural Heritage Day opens in Hanoi

In Uncategorized on November 22, 2010 at 10:13 am

Giong festival wins UNESCO’s heritage title

In Uncategorized on November 18, 2010 at 6:28 am

Saint Giong Festival recognized as UNESCO’s world cultural heritage

In Uncategorized on November 17, 2010 at 8:31 am

Life Heritage Resort Hoi An hailed as one of Asia’s top ten resorts

In Uncategorized on November 7, 2010 at 1:53 pm

Photo exhibition on Chinese heritage in Hanoi

In Uncategorized on August 3, 2010 at 11:19 am

A total of 120 photos on China’s world heritage sites are on display at an exhibition in Hanoi.

                         Great Wall of China

The photo exhibition themed “China today” is an activity to mark the 60th anniversary of the Vietnam-China diplomatic ties and the Vietnam-China Friendship Year.

Addressing the opening ceremony on August 2, Head of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism’s International Cooperation Department Nguyen Van Tinh said that the 12-day exhibition will help Vietnamese people better understand Chinese land and people through cultural heritage, thus contributing to enhancing the solidarity, friendship and cooperation for development between the two Parties, States and people.

UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee recognised 890 heritage sites worldwide in July 2009. China ranked third with 38 sites.

The photo exhibition runs until August 14 at 29 Hang Bai St., Hanoi.

Source: SGGP

City holds photo exhibition highlighting Hanoi’s fine art heritage

In Uncategorized on July 22, 2010 at 11:19 am

More than 100 photos of fine art, ancient architecture and sculptures of Thang Long – Hanoi are being displayed at Ho Chi Minh City Fine Arts Museum.

              A photo of stone-statues of the Lion

The pictures illustrated the beauty of the Mot Cot pagoda, built in 1049 during the Ly Dynasty; the Kim Lien pagoda, stone-statues of the Lion of the Ly Dynasty; many Buddhist statues and others.

The exhibition details just a part of the capital’s a huge art heritage, with nearly 1,500 temples and pagodas, more than 25,000 statues, sculptures and other ancient objects.

The display was co-organized by the HCMC Fine Arts Museum and Vietnam Fine Arts University to mark the 85th anniversary of the founding of the university and Grand Celebration of the 1000th birthday of the capital. It will run through July 30.

Source: SGGP

Uncle Ho’s heritage on Party building discussed

In Uncategorized on May 15, 2010 at 4:55 pm

Uncle Ho’s heritage on Party building discussed

QĐND – Saturday, May 15, 2010, 21:20 (GMT+7)

The Academy of Politics and Public Administration Zone III held a scientific workshop on President Ho Chi Minh’s heritage on Party building in the central city of Da Nang on May 14.

Addressing the event, which marked the 120 th birthday of President Ho Chi Minh, the academy’s director Nguyen Hong Son said, “Uncle Ho left us a huge legacy and an invaluable heritage, including the Ho Chi Minh Thoughts, the Ho Chi Minh Era and the Ho Chi Minh Moral Example”.

The most valuable amongst those is his heritage on theory of the national democratic revolution and the socialist revolution in Vietnam as well as building a strong and pure Party and a State of the people, by the people and for the people, he said.

Uncle Ho’s first recommendation in his testament is about the Party and the unity and oneness of mind within the Party; the wide practice of democracy and the regular and strict implementation of self-criticism and criticism. The Party must be kept really pure, worthy being a leader and faithful servant of the people.

President Ho Chi Minh also paid a special attention to building revolutionary morals for officials and Party members, Son added.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND