UNESCO expresses concern over construction near Thang Long Citadel

Construction near the Thang Long Citadel. Source: Viet Nam News 20140731

Construction of the National Assembly House beside the Thang Long Citadel in Hanoi has caused some concern with UNESCO, prompting the director of the World Heritage Centre to send a letter to Vietnam.

Construction near the Thang Long Citadel. Source: Viet Nam News 20140731
Construction near the Thang Long Citadel. Source: Viet Nam News 20140731

UNESCO concerned for citadel safety
Viet Nam News, 31 July 2014

The director of UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre has officially asked Viet Nam to verify and provide more information concerning the ongoing construction next to the site of the Thang Long Citadel, which was placed on the World Heritage List in 2010.

In a document sent to the ambassador and permanent delegate of Viet Nam to UNESCO Paris last Friday, Duong Van Quang, the UNESCO Ha Noi Office and the National Commission of Viet Nam for UNESCO, Director Kishore Rao noted that the construction of the National Assembly House and surrounding wall could be causing irreparable damage to the site, which might pose a potential threat to the authenticity and Outstanding Universal Value of this World Heritage property.

It also highlighted issues related to the management of the citadel that might impact the property’s upkeep.

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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