Seminar emphasizes restoration of cultural heritage sites

A seminar on the restoration and development of historical and cultural heritage sites from the central coastal province of Ninh Thuan to the Mekong Delta region was held in the southern province of An Giang on December 3.

Thoai Ngoc Hau Mausoleum in Chau Doc Town, An Giang Province has just been restored at a cost of VND14 billion (US$630,000). (Photo: Sggp)

Thousands of historical sites were recognized as national, provincial, or municipal heritage sites and a large number of others were still being apprised in the area.

The historical sites have an important significance in the spiritual lives of the local people, and propagandizing and educating the younger generation to preserve tradition, culture and old social values, besides promoting tourism must be stressed.

Although the government has been interested in restoring, preserving, managing and promoting historical and cultural sites for several years, action was lacking and now many old sites have been severely damaged and denigrated.

Some have fallen into oblivion because of urban development, poor awareness of local people about preservation and restoration of historical sites and ineffective activities on propagandizing and educating.

Experts at the seminar said that the authorities should open training courses and launch orientation programs on restoration of historical sites while keeping close to tradition and culture.

By Thuy Binh – Translated by Kim Khanh

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