Two Vietnamese world heritage sites in danger list

The World Heritage Sites of Ha Long Bay and the ancient city of Hue have been placed in UNESCO’s list of sites with critical preservation issues, due to the effect of unresolved development issues.

25 July 2007 (Viet Nam News) – The World Heritage Sites of Ha Long Bay and the ancient city of Hue have been placed in UNESCO’s list of sites with critical preservation issues, due to the effect of unresolved development issues.

Development imperils Viet Nam’s World Heritage sites: UNESCO

Viet Nam’s Hue and Ha Long Bay have been included on a list of 130 World Heritage sites encountering critical preservation issues, the UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee has said.

The committee noted that transport infrastructure and new construction sites newly built inside and around the Royal Citadel of Hue and urban development in the former royal city and its surrounding areas could have an impact on the preservation of the city of Hue, which is also a World Heritage site.

According to the Hue Centre for Monument Conservation, the committee praised the city authority’s effort to preserve the site, especially the plan to resettle households now living on the top of the Imperial Walls.

But it also instructed the city authority to pay attention to the living standards of the residents affected by the resettlement plan.

Read the full store of Ha Long Bay and Hue in the critical list.

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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