VietNamNet Bridge – Scientists and local authorities in central Thanh Hoa Province have conducted surveys and held a conference to discuss the damage to Ho Citadel, online news Dan Tri reported.
The damage occurred due to the recent storm that struck the region.
Previously, according to the judgement of Thanh Hoa Province’s authority, the 600-year-old citadel, which was recognised as a World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO in 2011, saw its wall deteriorating due to natural influences over the years.
Besides this, the impact of the tenth storm that hit the region in September caused severe erosion of a part of the citadel wall that is located within Vinh Tien Commune in Vinh Loc District. The eroded part is estimated to be 6.9m long, and 4m high.
A vital lifeline in war and peace, Vietnam’s North-South Railway provides an all-in encounter with the country’s incredible beauty, people and history.
Just before noon each day, the southbound train from Hai Phong to Hanoi rumbles past Mrs Bay’s front room, missing her porch by no more than inches. To me, the scene looks like something from a disaster movie. With its horn blaring like the last trumpet, the huge locomotive barely squeezes through the tiny space where the railway track runs between two rows of dwellings. It’s close enough to block all the light from the windows, flap the drying laundry and silence our conversation.
Mrs Bay, a well-preserved 64-year-old, whom I’ve bumped into on a stroll, bats away my concerns.
Apart from Da Nang’s basket boats and beaches and Hoi An’s mustard yellow houses and silk lanterns, the highlights of Vietnam’s central region are varied and plentiful.
For first-timers in Da Nang, a day trip or overnight in the UNESCO World Heritage City of Hoi An is a must. Not that it’s the only excursion in the area worth an extra day. There’s so much in Central Vietnam for every type of visitor, whether you’re into nature, culture or even a bit of adventure. And you can cover a site or two in as short as half a day.
IF YOU’VE GOT HALF A DAY
1. CHAM MUSEUM
The indigenous Cham people were strongly influenced by Indian culture. The only museum in the world dedicated to Cham sculpture opened in 1919 close to the riverside where the iconic Dragon Bridge currently stands.
The flow of foreign tourists to the central province of Thua Thien-Hue increased 31.29 percent to 1.07 million in the first nine months of 2017.
The Republic of Korea ranked first in terms of number of holidaymakers visiting Thua Thien-Hue, making up 26 percent of the total number.
In the reviewed period, the province served a total of 2.78 million visitors. The Hue Relics Preservation Centre alone welcomed 2.4 million visitors, up 18.55 percent from the same period last year.
In September 2017, the provincial Department of Tourism and Traveloka Vietnam Company signed a Memorandum of Understanding on tourism development, which aims to connect accommodation establishments, airlines and potential customers.
The locality also signed a cooperation agreement with the national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines to promote Hue at domestic and foreign tourism trade fairs as well as increase flights and launch new routes to the imperial city.
The central province of Thua Thien-Hue has put many efforts to preserve and restore relics of the UNESCO-recognised Complex of Hue Monuments in Hue City, the former royal capital of Vietnam, over the past two decades.
Established as the capital of Vietnam in 1802, Hue was the political, cultural and religious centre under the Nguyen Dynasty until 1945. Many of its palaces, temples and pagodas remain almost intact, although some were bombed and ruined in the Anti-American Resistance War.
The province has allocated over 1.46 trillion VND (64.24 million USD) for funding the relic preservation and restoration between 1996 and 2017, including 933 billion VND (41 million USD) for the 2010 – 2017 period, according to Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Nguyen Dung.
The Prime Minister has approved an Adjusted Planning Framework for the Complex of Hue Monuments from 2010-2020 in June 2010, laying grounds for the province’s preservation work, Dung said.
About 25,000 tourists visited the Hue imperial relic site in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue on National Day (September 2), according to Director of the Hue Monuments Conservation Centre Phan Thanh Hai.
Free entrance tickets were offered to Vietnamese visitor at the imperial palace and monuments on the day. Meanwhile, local residents received a discount of 50 percent from September 1.
A string of royal activities have been restored on the occasion, including “doi gac” (changing working shift) festival and ceremonial music performance, Hai stressed.
The Vietnamese cultural heritage has been also nudged closer to visitors through exhibitions and royal art programmes, which feature cultural and historical values of the site.
The imperial relic site was recognised by UNESCO as a World Intangible Cultural Heritage in 1993.
A group of South Korean actors, singers and artists from the band TWICE, JYP Entertainment, and the nationwide cable TV network and broadcasting company JTBC are making a video about Thua Thien Hue.
The filming has been organized by the provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism in cooperation with the Hanatour Service Corporation, one of the largest South Korean travel companies, to introduce the beauty and cultural heritage of Thua Thien Hue to the South Korean public.
The video is being filmed at the UNESCO World Heritage’s the Hue Citadel, the Khai Dinh Tomb, the Huong River, with its charming natural scenery, and at exhibitions of ao dai (Vietnam’s traditional dress). The crew also filmed neighboring Da Nang and Quang Nam province.
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Hanoi (VNA) – Vietnam holds huge potential for cultural and spiritual tourism thanks to its diversity in terms of culture, customs and traditions, which have been shaped and practised across the nation for thousands of years.
Official statistics show that Vietnam has around 40,000 tangible and 60,000 intangible heritages. Most of them are in connection with temples, pagodas, monuments, churches, and expressed in religious rituals, traditional festivals and art forms.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has recognised 11 intangible cultural heritage of humanity in Vietnam.
The idea won the consolation prize in the 2014 Vietnam Science and Technology Innovation Awards.
Director of the Hue Relics Preservation Centre Phan Thanh Hai said the tomb was built between 1840 and 1843 on an area of 28 hectares, including 40 structures.
The tomb was awarded national relic site status in 1979 and was enlisted together with the Hue Imperial Citadel as UNESCO World Heritage in 1993.
GIS technology is being applied to define the values of the tomb and its surrounding area based on different criteria, such as historical construction, restoration and tourism potential.
By thoroughly analysing the GIS database of information on the site, the centre identified specific measures to protect the relic site and surrounding natural landscapes in the context of urban development.