The Cao Lo Vuong Temple in northern Vietnam, named after a royal engineer from the 3rd century BCE is currently being restored.
Cao Lo Vuong Temple. Source: Viet Nam News 20160127
Ancient temple’s restoration begins
Viet Nam News, 27 January 2016
Work to restore Cao Lo Vuong Temple in the northern Bac Ninh Province has been officially launched.
The project involves the restoration and embellishment of the Cao Lo Vuong cultural and historical relic. The VND42-billion (USVND44,667 million) project is divided into three contract packages.
Launched on Monday, with nearly VND27 billion (VND29,034 million) provided by Bac Ninh’s department of culture, sports and tourism, the first contract package is managed by the Duy Linh Restoration and Construction Joint Stock Company.
Full story here.
A roundup of news while I was away at the EurASEAA conference in Dublin:
Limestone coffin site found in the Philippines
Archaeologists in Vietnam discover the remains of an 11th century tower, the Dam Pagoda.
Dam Pagoda in Bac Ninh Province, Vietnam News 20111109
11th-century stone tower excavated in Bac Ninh
Vietnam News, 09 November 2011
With the recent spotlight of conservation in the Vietnamese news, it emerges that the 700-year-old Rong Temple was audaciously demolished in January – to be rebuilt in time for next year’s 1,000 year anniversary of Hanoi. The ctach is, it sounds like the temple was needlessly destroyed and the local authorities apparently overstated the state of deterioration of the temple. In fact, some parts of the temple was renovated and repaired as recently as last year! The picture that seems to be emerging is that many conservation works being done in Vietnam are slipshod and detrimental to the original structure.
Authorities say were misled in demolished temple controversy
Thanh Nien News, 14 April 2009