Tight budgets make restoration work tough in Vietnam

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This feature from Vietnam Net highlights various heritage properties in the countries that have been improperly ‘restored’, sometimes using inauthentic materials, sometimes demolished and rebuilt from scratch.

Restorations at Va Temple in Hanoi, Vietnam Net 20121029

Restorations at Va Temple in Hanoi, Vietnam Net 20121029

Destroying legacy for restoration!
Vietnam Net, 29 October 2012
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Vietnam needs new legislation to protect relics

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The Culture, Sports and Tourism Minister of Vietnam has highlighted the need for new legislation to meet the demands of heritage conservation work, especially in the light that many conservation projects do not meet quality standards and have even led to the damaging of some of the relics.

Legislation to save nation’s heritage [Link no longer active]
Viet Nam News, 13 April 2009
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The Son Tay Citadel

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03 November 2007 (Vietnam Net Bridge) – Built in 1822, the Son Tay Citadel stood guard over the western gate to what is now known as Hanoi. This travel piece takes a walk through the citadel, which seems to have been unfortunately badly restored.

Vietnam Net Bridge, 03 Nov 2007

All quiet on the western front

In my mind I had pictured Son Tay town as a sleeping beauty in amongst the hundreds of craft villages of Ha Tay province. I became determined to discover the region’s “hidden charm” and cajoled my uncle into tagging along.

After we arrive, at first, we just amble along the town’s older streets. Everywhere the houses seem small and tidy, the people seem good-natured and the town as a whole seems quaint and tranquil.

When I arrive at the moat that surrounds the ancient citadel we’re given the option of rowing across in a small bamboo boat, though we choose to stroll across the bridge.

Son Tay ancient citadel was built by King Minh Mang in 1822 to defend the western gateway to the city of Thang Long, which is now, of course, Hanoi.

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