Preserving poetry inscribed on Hue’s buildings

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Carved poetry on buildings in Hue. Source: Viet Nam News 20150511

Conservators in Vietnam met recently in Hue to discuss the best ways to preserve the unique poetry carved on some of the heritage buildings in the historic city.

Carved poetry on buildings in Hue. Source: Viet Nam News 20150511

Carved poetry on buildings in Hue. Source: Viet Nam News 20150511

Conservationists discuss Hue carvings
Viet Nam News, 11 May 2015

The country’s leading conservationists gathered in Hue over the weekend to discuss the poetry that is carved on wooden and concrete heritage buildings in the former royal capital city.

The conservationists also will seek ways to protect this poetry.

Despite Han Chinese characters being used for transcription of the poems, they are still different from carved calligraphy found on ancient buildings in China, the conservationists agreed.

According to Vu Thi Minh Huong, chairwoman of the national committee for Memory of the World Programmes, carved poetry on imperial buildings in Hue and the Nguyen dynasty (1802-1945) woodprints included poems for the general public.

Full story here.

Wednesday Rojak #10

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In this edition of Wednesday Rojak, we take a tour of Indochina – specifically, Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand.

  • In Vietnam, sample some Vietnamese poetry entitled The Multifaceted Tower of Champa.
  • In Cambodia, Erik muses about Brahmanism in Cambodia.
  • While in Thailand, Matthew posts about his visit to Ayuthuyya and Sukhothai.

In this series of weekly rojaks (published on Wednesdays) I’ll feature other sites in the blogosphere that are of related to archaeology in Southeast Asia. Got a recommendation for the next Wednesday rojak? Email me!