Raising local appreciation of heritage sites through photography

Citadel of the Ho Dynasty. Source: Viet Nam News 20140609

Despite the earlier troubles reported about local tensions at the Ho Citadel site, there is also another project to help raise appreciation of the local heritage through photography by letting locals document their lives in the world heritage site.

Citadel of the Ho Dynasty. Source: Viet Nam News 20140609
Citadel of the Ho Dynasty. Source: Viet Nam News 20140609

Ho Citadel residents to play part in preservation
Viet Nam News, 09 June 2014

People residing in the vicinity of the Citadel of the Ho dynasty in Thanh Hoa Province will be given cameras and taught photographic and filmmaking skills to create their own images depicting life around the World Heritage site.

The project, Building and Displaying in the Vicinity of the Ho Dynasty Citadel using Photovoice Methods, runs from June through the end of December. Using Photovoice, a technique of telling stories by displaying images, the project is also meant to raise the awareness of local people and encourage them to take an active part in preserving the country’s cultural heritage.

Initially, eight households in Vinh Tien and Vinh Long communes in Vinh Loc District will benefit from the project, which is part of a large-scale project to revitalise World Heritage site museums in Cambodia, Laos and Viet Nam, jointly operated by UNESCO and the Japan Funds-in-Trust.

Full story here.

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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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