Hanoi spends big on city heritage

temple of literatureHA NOI (VNS)— Ha Noi has proposed that five of the city’s historic sites be recognised as national special relics in 2014.

They are Ngoc Son Temple, Hoan Kiem (Returned Sword) Lake, Phu Dong Temple, two temples for worshipping Hai Ba Trung (Trung Sisters) in Phuc Tho and Me Linh districts, and the communal house in Tay Dang.

The proposal is part of a bigger project to list the city’s intangible cultural heritages which has been completed by municipal authorities. The project aims to prepare an academic report on the nation’s intangible culture heritage.

The two-year project will be carried out in 2013-14 with a total capital of over VND13 billion (US$611,000). The capital city’s Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism will focus on intangible culture heritages, such as ethnic languages and literature, folklore, the performing arts, social customs, festivals and traditional handicrafts, which are in real danger of fading away and in urgent need of preserving.

Based on data and information gathered on intangible cultural heritages across the city, management teams will initially carry out the task and apply effective methods of conservation.

Over the past five years, the conservation and development of Thang Long – Ha Noi’s typical cultural values have been actively pursued. Many old cultural activities have been restored for tourist purposes.

Ha Noi has more historical sites than anywhere else in the country, including two world recognised cultural heritage sites, the Thang Long Imperial Citadel and the 82 stone steles at in Van Mieu (Temple of Literature).

Since 2010, Ha Noi has spent approximately VND1 trillion on upgrading and conserving a number of historical sites. — VNS