Preserving an ancient, living village

A seminar by the Vietnamese Institution for the Preservation of Relics was held last week to discuss ways to preserve and develop the ancient village of Duong Lam, some 60 km away from Hanoi. The village’s history goes as far back as 1,200 years and is the a popular tourist location. Many of the houses at the village are about 400 years old.

Preservation of Duong Lam ancient village
Vietnam Net Bridge, 23 January 2009

Participants at a seminar on the preservation of traditional cultural values in Duong Lam Ancient Village, which was held by the Institution for the Preservation of Relics on January 19th, discussed ways on how best to promote the historical and cultural values of the village, while at the same time contributing to its socio-economic development.

In Duong Lam Ancient Village, there are more than 100 ancient houses, as well as a system of temples and pagodas associated with the cultural activities of peasants in the Red River Delta in ancient times.


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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