Ho Citadel ceremony reportedly a letdown

Tuoi Tre News reports that the ceremony to recognise the Ho Citadel as a World Heritage site two weekends ago was disappointing to visitors because of the ‘fake’ replica backdrops used.

Ceremony for Ho Citadel’s recognition dismays visitors
Tuoi Tre News, 21 June 2012

The ceremony to receive the certificate recognizing the Ho Citadel as a World Cultural Heritage Site through UNESCO over the weekend dismayed many visitors and restoration experts by faking some parts of the relic in order to create a colorful and modern stage.

At the art program, titled “Ho Dynasty Citadel – The Pride of Vietnam”, held at the citadel in Thanh Hoa province following the ceremony to honor the historical and cultural value of the relic, organizers of the program covered the citadel’s South Gate with synthetic canvas for a LED lights performances. Moreover, since they couldn’t bring a pair of stone dragon statues in the citadel on stage, they created fake statues made of cardboard painted with a stone color.

The stage wasn’t the only area where fake objects were used, as the surrounding displays also included replicas. On the fields near the art program’s stage, organizers created a small lake of nylon canvas, then poured water and put plastic lotus flowers and leaves into the lake.

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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