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Historical relics fall into obscurity

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:52 am

The oldest tomb from Nguyen Lords’ time – Queen Doan Thi Ngoc royal tomb and the only remaining work from Tay Son Dynasty – Hoang De (Emperor) Citadel have been severely ruined in the central region.


Relic turns into cattle farm

The royal tomb of Queen Doan Thi Ngoc in Quang Nam Province is in need of restoration and repair (Photo: SGGP)

The royal tomb of Queen Doan Thi Ngoc is located in Chiem Son Village, Duy Trinh Commune, Duy Xuyen District, and Quang Nam Province. Doan Thi Ngoc was praised for her contribution in the development of mulberry growing, silkworm breeding and silk weaving, in the area in 17th century.


Tam Tang Village had made several types of famous silk, which is both sold locally and around the world. In March every year, local authorities organize the Tam Tang female-lord festival, in commemoration of her.


There is a concrete wall built to protect the tomb, but the Iron Gate in front of the tomb has collapsed. As a result, local residents are now using the relic site as cattle ground.


Head of Chiem Son Village Nguyen Van Thanh said, “the tomb is located far from any residential areas, and as a result, management have neglected the site, letting it to become a cattle farm”.


In 1975, authorized officials regarded the relic as a ‘vestige of the feudal regime’. This led to local residents taking resources from the site and using them as housing materials.


In addition, thieves have used explosives in the attempt to find hidden treasure on the site.  Gold was once thought to be buried in the tomb.


Other than a concrete wall and the installation of a sign, the relic site has yet to be restored. Quang Nam Province now has over 49 national relics, with four of them being used for illegal purposes. Of the 256 provincial relics, 21 are still in need of restoration, 32 have been severely ruined and 89 relic sites have completely disappeared.


Forgot Emperor Citadel


Hoang De (Emperor) Citadel from Tay Son Dynasty has fallen into decay in Binh Dinh Province. King Thai Duc or Nguyen Nhac, who was eldest brother of Quang Trung Emperor, in Nhon Hau Commune, built the Citadel in the An Nhon District in 1776.


After Nguyen Anh assigned the throne in 1802, he destroyed relics relating to Tay Son Dynasty. The Hoang De Citadel relic has been considered as the only architectural work from Tay Son period that still exists in Vietnam.


Since 2004-2007, Binh Dinh Museum, have worked with the Vietnam Institute of Archeology to excavate the site and discovered several objects that have historical value.


After many years, it has fallen in decay and has been exposed to the weathering elements.  At present, the citadel’s is over growed with grass and in severe decay.


Tran Duc Tong, who looks after the relic, said, ”the site has been recognized as a national historical and cultural relic by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, but it has been neglected for a long time”.

Source: SGGP

Cuc Phuong Park offers wildlife adventures, prehistoric relics

In Uncategorized on July 31, 2010 at 7:19 pm




Cuc Phuong Park offers wildlife adventures, prehistoric relics


QĐND – Saturday, July 31, 2010, 21:30 (GMT+7)

One of the nation’s largest rainforests in Cuc Phuong National Park in the northern province of Ninh Binh has become a hot destination for adventure and nature lovers, complete with wildlife treks and homestays in the communes of Thai and Muong ethnic groups.


Located in the triangle formed by Hoa Binh, Ninh Binh and Thanh Hoa, 120km southwest of Ha Noi, the park is just three hours away from the capital.


The 22,200ha park – home to 2,000 primates, flora, fauna, a series of caves and several big lakes – was established in 1962 by the Government to preserve forest ecosystems in the northern part of the country.


Over 300 species of birds have been recorded at Cuc Phuong Park, including red-headed woodpeckers, silver pheasants and the pitta brachyura.


An Endangered Primate Rescue Centre was built to protect endangered animals, including Delacour’s Langur, the Gray-shanked Douc Langur and the Golden Headed Langur, all of which are endemic primates that exist only in Viet Nam.


In spring, between March and May, the park is aflutter with countless butterflies and covered in wild flowers.


“The park hosts around 100,000 tourists annually and the park’s accommodations can hold around 300 visitors a night,” the park’s tour operator, Do Hong Hai, said.


Wildlife trekking


A special wildlife tour was first organised six years ago, but it still only draws a limited number of adventurers, as the number of wild animals in the park have dramatically decreased in recent years.


The park’s staff suggested that tourists should come during the dry season between September and December.


“Tourists will have more trouble during the rainy season, as leeches and mosquitoes are everywhere. However, in the dry season you won’t be as exhausted after your treks,” Hai said.


He said that it’s very rare chance to see leopards, tigers or bears at night because the number of animals has been reduced due to climate change and illegal poaching.


However, he said that the owston civet, the giant black squirrel, the Indian flying squirrel and the loris could be seen between 7pm and 9pm most days.


“You can catch the glowing eyes of the civets, squirrels and loris very often these days. The two hours you will spend tracking them down at night will give you an unforgettable experience and a sleepless night!” Hai said.


Prehistoric cave


Cuc Phuong Park is also well-known for its prehistoric cave.


The limestone cave, which was excavated in 1966, was one of the earliest discoveries of human habitation in the country, with graves, stone axes, bone-made spears and tools dating back some 7,500 years.


During the excavation 44 years ago, archaeologists found skeletons in three tombs where they believed prehistoric people had lived in the forest 7,500 years ago.


In 2000 archaeologists discovered a fossilised sea reptile called placodontia, the first to have been found in Southeast Asia, dating back 200-300 million years.


Visitors can also trek through a primary forest of century-old trees to meet the giant cho tree (parashrea stellata), believed to be around 1,000 years old.


Living with the locals


Khanh Commune –home to 100 Muong people – is the one of six communes recognised as a place to make a homestay by the park administration.


The Muong ethnic commune is an ideal place to stop for the night after an entire day of walking around. Tourists can spend the night and see traditional folk dances around a camp fire at night.


“The travellers can dance along with the locals, and roast potatoes and cassava roots for dinner. A cheerful night in the stilt house will refresh you for your next day’s journey,” said tour guide Le Vu Ha.


Ha said that rafting along the Buoi River was a favourite pastime for travellers.


“It’s very interesting. Local people use bamboo rafts to cross the river, and travellers can try their hands at rowing them,” Pham Van Cuong, a guide from a Ha Noi-based travel agency, said.


“Travellers can row themselves along the river, which is surrounded by rice paddies and corn fields.”


Tourists can also expect to pay US$211 a piece for a group tour for two for a two-day, one-night trip.


Travellers can also get a bus from the Ha Noi-based Giap Bat station to Cuc Phuong at 3pm each day, for a price of VND65,000.


Another bus leaves the station for Nho Quan District, but it needs another 25km drive on a xe om (motorbike taxi) to reach the park.


Tour arrangements can be made through Luxurytravel, Handspan Adventure Travel, Exotissimo Travel and Buffalo Tours in Ha Noi.


To learn more or to book a package, visit http://www.cucphuong-tourism.com.vn.


Source: VietNamNet/Viet Nam News


 


Source: QDND

4,000-year-old relics spur new look at Sa Huynh culture

In Uncategorized on April 18, 2010 at 3:51 pm




4,000-year-old relics spur new look at Sa Huynh culture


QĐND – Sunday, April 18, 2010, 21:32 (GMT+7)

Archaeologists in the central province of Quang Ngai have found relics dating back some 4,000 years, encouraging scientists to study afresh one of Vietnam’s most prominent cultures.


Dr. Doan Ngoc Khoi from Quang Ngai General Museum said the recently-completed excavation by the museum in cooperation with Vietnam Institute of Archaeology at an area near the Nuoc Trong Reservoir in the mountainous district of Son Ha had unearthed several ancient artifacts.


Apart from stone axes and pestles, pottery made by the Kinh people who make up the majority of Vietnamese population, under the Ly, Tran and Le dynasties were also discovered.


Together with traces of Quang Ngai native cultures of the Kor and Hre people, the new findings show that trade and exchange between the Kinh and the province’s natives started very early, Khoi said.


The recent discoveries will motivate scientists to look again at the origins of the central region’s Sa Huynh Culture which may have begun in the Central Highlands, the archaeologist said.


Source: SGGP 


Source: QDND

Scientists unearth relics in mountainous Quang Ngai

In Uncategorized on April 13, 2010 at 9:39 am

Ancient artifacts dating back about 4,000 years have recently been discovered in the mountainous district of Son Ha in the central province of Quang Ngai, said archaeologist Dr. Doan Ngoc Khoi from the Quang Ngai Museum.

Many ancient artifacts dating back about 4,000 years have been found in Nuoc Trong reservoir in Quang Ngai Province.

The items, found in the Nuoc Trong reservoir, consist of a stone axes, pestles, graters and pottery items that have great historical and cultural value, he said.


Scientists also found an iron knives, and bronze and iron lances thought to be vestiges of ethnic peoples, most likely the Kor, Hre, Kdong and Champa.


In addition, several Vietnamese pottery objects from the Ly, Tran and Le dynasties were unearthed.


The recently uncovered objects have opened up a new line of research into Sa Huynh culture from the Highlands through the eastern Truong Son area, according to experts.



 

Source: SGGP