UNESCO to inspect Thang Long Royal Citadel in June

 

The construction of the National Assembly House has caused some bad affect on the archaeological site in Thang Long Royal Citadel at N0 18, Hoang Dieu Street, Hanoi.

Thang Long Royal Citadel was recognized by  UNESCO as a world cultural heritage and UNESCO will send a delegation to inspect the site this June, said Director of the Institute of Archaeology Tong  on April 13th.

 

According to the Institute for Archaeology, a section of the wall to protect the northern area of the relic collapsed while the structure of soil layers of the relic was broken because of the construction of the National Assembly building.

 

Thang Long Royal Citadel recognized by the UNESCO as the World Cultural

The Institute presented proofs said that the landmark of the relic has been broken. Besides, the National Assembly House project also caused  the relic to sink, affecting the preservation of this important relic. Mud water has also overflowed from the National Assembly House project to the relic.

 

Ass. Prof, Dr. Do Trung Tin said that the institute anticipated the possible impacts caused by the construction of the National Assembly building on the citadel before the project was implemented. The institute asked the management board of the National Assembly building project to work together to preserve the heritage.

 

Dr. Tin said that the Center for Preservation of Co Loa Relic and Thang Long Royal Citadel would report the case to the Hanoi government and ask Hanoi to report to the Ministry of Construction and the Prime Minister.

 

The expert said he is very worried about the ancient citadel because the UNESCO always keeps an eye on every impact to the heritage.  

 

Vice Chair of the National Assembly’s Committee for Culture, Education, Young and Children Nguyen Minh Thuyet said said for any reason, the constructor and the management board of the National Assembly building project must seek measures to protect the relic.

 

 

 

Excavated in 2003 with hundreds of valuable items of the Dynasties of Ly, Tran, etc., the Thang Long Royal Citadel was recognized by the UNESCO as the World Cultural Heritage a year ago. The site won the recognition thanks to its three outstanding characteristics: the length of its cultural history, the continuity of the citadel as a power centre, and the variety of relics it contains.

 

Relics found in the centre of the citadel show that it was influenced by many different cultures, theories, and systems of thought. Restoration of the Royal Citadel began in 2006 when it was officially recognized as a special national relic.

 

The construction of the National Assembly building began in October 2009. The building is 39m high, with two basements and five floors, totaling over 60,000sq.m. The underground car park will have three stories, to contain up to 500 cars. It is scheduled to finish in 2012.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Staff writers - Translated by H.T.D

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