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Left and right, top: Duong Pham Village communal house, in Phan Dinh Phung Street, Hue, nearly 300 years old, is being used for temporary accommodation by local people
Left and right, below: An Cuu Village communal house

Vietnam Heritage, September-October 2011 --
Many ancient communal houses in Hue, Central Vietnam, recognised as national and provincial historic relics, are falling into oblivion. They are not being conserved as part of our heritage and are being used opportunistically, for such things as storing scrap materials and as markets.

1. Duong Pham Village communal house, in Phan Dinh Phung Street, Hue, nearly 300 years old, is being used for temporary accommodation by local people.
2. An Cuu Village communal house, recognised as a provincial relic in 2008, is being used to store construction materials and garage cars.
3. Kim Long Village communal house is being used as a market.
4. Lai Thuong Village communal house, Bach Dang Street, recognised as a national relic in 1999, is being used as a school.
5. A market has been set up right in front of Phu Xuan Village communal house, a national relic, in Thai Phien Street.


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