Poor technique destroys rather than conserves

Vietnam is in a state of heightened awareness over the poor quality of restoration works performed in many of the country’s ancient and historical sites. This feature from Viet Nam News visits some of these poorly-restored sites and explores the problems encountered.

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Viet Nam News, 24 May 2009

Restoration projects have swept across Viet Nam, targeting old temples, pagodas and communal houses, but many of them actually strip the relics of their historic value. Trung Hieu explores the sites.

The restoration of old pagodas, temples and communal houses is usually embraced by the local community, but cases recently caught in the media spotlight have sparked public concern that actually many of these projects are doing more harm than good.

More than a dozen cases are spread all over the North and Centre: from the capital and nearby Son Tay town and Bac Ninh Province, to central Nghe An and Binh Dinh provinces.

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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.

One thought on “Poor technique destroys rather than conserves”

  1. It is a pity when wrong conservation techniques do more damage than the time could do…

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