What The Papers Say Jan-Feb 2015

(No.1, Vol.5,Jan-Feb 2014 Vietnam Heritage Magazine)


Royal treasures on display in Hue
Viet Nam News, 14 April, 2014
Royal treasures of the feudal Nguyen Dynasty (1802–1945) of Vietnam are on display in the former capital of Hue City.
A handmade gown, embroidered with phoenix patterns is on display at the private museum of Nguyen Dynasty’s Custom-made Porcelains. The gown was the formal royal costume worn by the king’s wife and mother.
The royal costume collection includes a formal gown and a semi-formal gown for a first-grade mandarin and a formal gown for a third-grade mandarin.
Sets of pottery and bronze artefacts that were used for smoking and culinary purposes and by the royal family members are on display inside the Imperial City.
All the artefacts are considered priceless. Similar artefacts are difficult to make and are rare in the world.

Preservation still a concern for
traditional Vietnamese music
Thanh Nien News, 30 April, 2014
Vietnam has witnessed a rapid escalation in the attention paid to a moribund southern musical genre, but experts and locals wonder if that will be enough to keep it alive.
Critics have pointed out that events held for traditional music called don ca tai tu did more to showcase than to preserve the music, which is increasingly unpopular among young listeners.
It is typically played by a group of musicians who sing over Vietnamese traditional instruments.
The HCMC culture and education departments recently collaborated to launch a trial project to introduce traditional music to students.
An official of the HCMC Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism said the government should immediately implement policies favouring artists and singers.

Nguyen Dynasty documents
get UN heritage status
Viet Nam News, 15 May, 2014
Three documents signed by Nguyen kings stored at the National Archives Centre I, have been accorded heritage status by the United Nations Educational Scientific Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).
The archives are a valuable source for studying history, culture and the whole feudal court's activities, as well as Vietnam's society in the 19th century.
The UNESCO has recognised three documentary heritage items of the Nguyen Dynasty.
These are the wooden printing blocks kept at the National Archives Centre IV in central city of Dalat, the Buddhism wooden printing blocks kept at Vinh Nghiem Pagoda in HCM City and 82 doctors’ steles at the Literature Temple in Hanoi.

Trang An wins coveted world
heritage recognition
Viet Nam News, 24 June, 2014
The Trang An Tourism Complex in northern Ninh Binh Province has been declared a World Culture and Nature Heritage site by UNESCO.
It is the first world site in the country combing both natural and cultural aspects.
The recognition was announced yesterday at a meeting of the Heritage Committee of the United Nations' Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation in Doha, Qatar.
The complex consists of three adjacent areas. These consist of the cultural area, the ancient capital of Hoa Lu (under three short-lived dynasties - Dinh, early Le and early Ly between 968 and 1009).
The natural aspects are the stunning limestone peaks, streams and caves at Trang An, Tam Coc and Bich Dong and Hoa Lu.

Archive of wartime southern
Vietnam proposed for
UNESCO recognition
Tuoi Tre News, 17 August, 2014
A collection of historical records released and received by the southern Vietnam governor’s office during the resistance war against French colonialists was filed for the UNESCO’s Memory of the World Program in the Asia-Pacific region in October last year.
The collection, dated between 1858 and 1945, covers 2,435m of shelves and is the largest and most historically significant one among the 26 collections in the same period.
In experts’ opinions, the archive is diverse in content and highly trustworthy.
The collection comes in documents, maps, and photos, and is mostly written in French, with a small portion written in Vietnamese, ancient Chinese characters, Khmer, Laotian, Japanese, English, Italian, and Dutch.

Ministry wants task force to
protect Imperial Citadel
Viet Nam News, 6 August, 2014
The culture ministry announced that state bodies have thoroughly understood and gained valuable experience from the management and conservation of the Central Sector of Thang Long – Hanoi Imperial Citadel.
The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism 's announcement was based on the conclusion reached by Deputy Minister Dang Thi Bich Lien during a recent meeting with the concerned authorities and parties.
According to the deputy minister, the ongoing construction of the new National Assembly House and the Ba Dinh Conference Hall has affected the World Heritage site of the Imperial Citadel.
The ministry's announcement follows a petition submitted by the associations of Historical Sciences, Cultural Heritage and Archaeologists, and the UNESCO World Heritage Centre's request for verification and more information concerning the construction which is being done close to the archaeological site on 18 Hoang Dieu Street.

Vietnamese lions to roar again
Viet Nam News, 23 August, 2014
In the near future, foreign-style stone lions with fierce looks, large paws and sharp teeth are expected to be removed from relics, pagodas and temples throughout the country.
Cultural managers have decided that authentic Vietnamese guardian lion statues will replace these objects, which are unsuited to Vietnamese customs and culture. Soon, people will see Vietnamese stone lions roar again at the gates of ruins and heritage sites.
Earlier, the letters were sent to cultural agencies across the nation, with photos of traditional Vietnamese sacred creatures, including lions and kylins made from wood, stone and ceramics.
These samples are from exhibits at the Viet Nam Museum of Fine Arts, Thanh Hoa Provincial Museum and Hue Royal Palace.
Beside lions and kylins, experts suggested that it is time to display nghe (fictional creature with a lion-like head, long tail and dog-like body), and elephants in front of the gates of relics and buildings.

Part of southern expressway opened
Viet Nam News, 30 August, 2014
The Vietnam Expressway Company held a ceremony on 29 August to open a 20-km section of the 55-km HCM City-Long Thanh-Dau Giay.
The inaugurated 20-km section running from District 9 in HCM City to National Highway 51 in Long Thanh District has six lanes, including emergency lanes.
The entire project will reach completion in 2015. The expressway allows vehicles to travel at 120 km per hour, and at 100 km per hour.
The construction of 55 km of the HCM City- Long Thanh – Dau Giay expressway project began in October, 2009, with a total investment of more than VND20.6 trillion ($981 million) sourced from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

Longest expressway opens, cutting Hanoi-Lao Cai travel time in half
Tuoi Tre News, 22 September, 2014
On 21 September, Vietnamese transport authorities opened a 245 km expressway, the longest of its kind in Vietnam, to traffic on Sunday, halving the travel time between Hanoi and Lao Cai province.
The expressway runs from Hanoi’s Noi Bai through the provinces of Vinh Phuc, Phu Tho and Yen Bai before reaching Lao Cai, according to the new road’s investor Vietnam Expressway Corporation.
The expressway features 120 bridges, including two large ones that span the Hong and Lo Rivers. It also has a 530-meter long tunnel, 13 toll collection stations and five rest stations.
The expressway will help shorten the travel time from Hanoi to Lao Cai from the current seven hours to 3.5 hours.

Ceremony marks 20 years of Halong's UNESCO recognition
Viet Nam News, 29 October, 2014
A ceremony marking the 20th anniversary of Halong Bay's UNESCO recognition took place in northern Quang Ninh province's Halong city.
The event was at the 30-10 Square in Hong Hai district. The 90-minute ceremony, broadcast live on Vietnam Television and Quang Ninh Television, aimed to strengthen promotion of Halong Bay and raise awareness of heritage conservation among locals and tourists.
In addition to the ceremony, there were airplane tours of Halong Bay, an international workshop on sustainable development of the Halong world natural heritage site, a discussion of the role of business in preserving heritage sites and a photo contest.

Ministry blocks cable-car plan
for giant cave
Viet Nam News, 13 November, 2014
The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism has told Quang Binh Province authorities to postpone the highly controversial Son Doong Cave cable-car project.
The ministry issued a document demanding the Ministry of Construction withdraw the cable car project from a master plan on Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park. The cave is both a national and UNESCO heritage site.
On 30 September, the construction ministry asked the culture ministry to add the project to the National Park plan, following a suggestion by provincial authorities.
Late last month, Quang Binh People's Committee allowed an investor to survey the cable car project without consulting the ministry or UNESCO. News on the project has created a surge of opposition from people around the world.

UNESCO recognizes songs from
Vietnam's Nghe Tinh region
Thanh Nien News, 1 December, 2014
Vi and Giam folk songs from NgheTinh have been declared an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.
The announcement came during the ninth session of the organization’s Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage at UNESCO headquarters in Paris between 24 and 28 November.
Vi and Giam songs are performed by communities in the north-central province of Nghe Tinh, which has been divided into Nghe An and Ha Tinh.
The songs were once sung acapella by famers working their fields, boatmen rowing down rivers, or craftsmen making conical hats.
Songs focus on key values and virtues including respect for parents, loyalty, care and devotion, and the importance of honesty and a good heart.

UNESCO recognition to be sought for newly-discovered volcanic caves
Tuoi Tre News, 27 December, 2014
Authorities of the Central Highlands province of Dak Nong are conceiving a project to build a geological park that houses 12 volcanic caves recently discovered in Vietnam, with a view to obtaining UNESCO recognition of the place as a global geopark in the future.
The announcement made telling that Vietnamese and Japanese scientists have discovered the first-ever volcanic cave system – consisting of 12 caves – in the Southeast Asian country, one part of which is considered the longest such feature in Southeast Asia.
The discovery was made in Krong No District of Dak Nong, after seven years of research. In 2007, scientists detected some volcanic caves in the district and experts have conducted further explorations.

Following the tunes (“Spring comes to Muong Hum hamlet high up the mountains with heart-rocking distant singing…” ) of talented composer Nguyen Tai ...
In the heart of the darkness of Saigon's backpacker land,ambling along down raucous Bui Vien Street and wishing I had not come out without my ear ...
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