Vietnamese ministry proposes new laws on heritage management

After recent reports of improper restoration works (see here and here) at some of Vietnam’s oldest sites, the Vietnamese Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism proposes a new set of laws to ensure that contractors carrying out restoration work follow a strict set of guidelines aimed at preserving the ancient structures.

Rules for restoration of relics a must
Vietnam Net Bridge, 20 May 2009

In the draft amendments to some articles of the Law on Cultural Heritage, which will be considered at the ongoing National Assembly session, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism suggests having specific regulations for the restoration of relics.

The ministry recently made a field-trip of 15 relics in four northern provinces to survey restoration activities: Dinh Bang, Do and Rong temples, Dau Pagoda in Bac Ninh province, Bo Da Pagoda, Tho Ha Temple in Bac Giang province, Sung Van Temple, Keo Pagoda and the temple of first doctoral candidate Nguyen Hien in Nam Dinh, the pagodas of Tram Gian, Boi Khe, Kim Lien, the temples of Va, Mong Phu and Thuy Phieu in Hanoi.

After the trip, the ministry released an announcement about the inspection results on May 19.

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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