Polish archaeologist honoured with statue in Vietnam

The late Kazimieriz Kwiatkhowski from Poland is to be honoured with a statue of him built in Quang Nam Province, in recognition for his rstoration work done at the My Son Sanctuary, where he worked to restore during the 1980s. For an up-to-date biography of Kwiathowski and his work in My Son, I recommend the book Champa and the Archaeology of My So’n (Vietnam) by NUS press.

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My Son honours Polish architect [Link no longer active]
Viet Nam News, 21 May 2009

Kazic’s contribution to My Son is outstanding in the significance of his findings and his restoration approach, which are now appreciated by international experts despite being underestimated initially, according to Hai.

Kazic is one of hundreds of experts from Poland’s prestigious Monuments Restoration Agency to volunteer to work in a country that has been devastated by war.

His mission, which promised no big rewards or payments, was part of the Viet Nam-Poland Cultural Agreement.

He stayed in the country for 17 years until his death, during which he worked with other Polish and Vietnamese experts to compile the most comprehensive and synchronous investigation of the My Son relics of the Champa civilisation.

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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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