19 November 2007 (Thanh Nien News) – The historic buildings of Hoi An, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Vietnam is in danger of being damaged and washed away by floods.
World heritage sites of Hoi An endangered due to floods
by Tien Phong
Many ancient houses in the UNESCO-designated World Heritage site in the old town of Hoi An have been submerged in flood waters and are in danger of collapsing.
The 160 ancient houses, which display a unique blend of local and foreign influenced architectural styles due to its status as a major harbor town of the 16th and 17th centuries, are a major tourist attraction of the central region.
The recent floods have strongly affected the central provinces, killing over 50 people and causing extensive damage to property and crops.