Villagers scorn heritage status

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Five years after the Duong Lam Village in Ha Tay Province was awarded with a heritage status, the locals are finding it hard to get permits to construct modern facilities or larger houses and want the status revoked. Stories like these raise issues that while heritage preservation and the preservation of monuments is important, there are sometimes real and undesirable effects to those who live in such heritage sites and that the interests of both must be addressed.

Duong Lam Village, Vietnam Net Bridge 20110109

Modern-loving locals turn back on ancient village
Vietnam Net Bridge, 09 January 2011
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Preserving an ancient, living village

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A seminar by the Vietnamese Institution for the Preservation of Relics was held last week to discuss ways to preserve and develop the ancient village of Duong Lam, some 60 km away from Hanoi. The village’s history goes as far back as 1,200 years and is the a popular tourist location. Many of the houses at the village are about 400 years old.

Preservation of Duong Lam ancient village
Vietnam Net Bridge, 23 January 2009
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