Ancient bridge renovation comes under criticism

The Kho Bridge in Hue, VietnamNet 20121224

The planned enlargement of a 200-year-old bridge in Hue to help ease traffic congestion is criticised by restoration experts as not warranted.

The Kho Bridge in Hue, VietnamNet 20121224
The Kho Bridge in Hue, VietnamNet 20121224

Historians condemn Hue bridge renewal
VietnamNet, 24 February 2012

A recent plan to enlarge two ancient bridges in Hue to ease traffic congestion has been met with opposition from local experts who believe the solution could destroy the heritage.

Under the plan, the 200-year-old Vinh Loi and Kho bridges crossing the Ngu Ha River in the Hue Citadel will be expanded to more than 10 meters wide, said Nguyen Dang Truong, deputy director of the Thua Thien Hue province’s Traffic Investment and Construction board.

“The current stone bridge banister will be destroyed and more beton and brick will be added to expand the bridges,” he adds.

The project has been submitted to 12 experts and researchers in Hue for approval.

Full story here.

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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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