Task force to address construction near Thang Long Citadel

A task force has been set up to address the problems caused by the nearby construction of government buildings to the Thang Long Citadel World Heritage Site.

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Building work damages Thang Long Citadel site
Viet Nam News, 07 August 2014

According to the deputy minister, the reality is that the ongoing construction of the new National Assembly House and the Ba Dinh Conference Hall has affected the World Heritage site of the Imperial Citadel.

The ministry’s announcement follows a petition submitted by the associations of Historical Sciences, Cultural Heritage and Archaeologists, and the UNESCO World Heritage Centre’s request for verification and more information concerning the construction which is being done close to the archaeological site on 18 Hoang Dieu Street.

To deal with the issue immediately, Deputy Minister Lien demanded the establishment of a task force to address the problems mentioned in the associations’ petition, and asked the municipal People’s Committee to check and clarify the accountability of every unit which is presiding over the management and conservation of the Imperial Citadel.

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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