1,000-year-old Hanoi pagoda restored

The Tram Gian Pagoda in Hanoi has been successfully restored, after mistakenly dismantled in 2012.

Ha Noi restores dismantled ancient pagoda in Chuong My District
Viet Nam News, 20 November 2014

The 1,000-year-old Tram Gian Pagoda in Ha Noi’s outlying Chuong My District has been restored to its near-original state, said local authorities.

In late 2012, much of the pagoda was dismantled by the pagoda managers for renovation but without permission from relevant authorities. The shock of the actions urged the city’s Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism to call for an immediate cease of the activities in order to properly address the damage.

The two-year renovation project focused efforts on the pagoda’s most prominent features like a shrine for the abbots, and a building housing a musical stone and drum.

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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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