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UNESCO hands over the 2013 Heritage Awards of Merit of UNESCO Asia-Pacific to Duong Lam

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duong lamHa Noi, 18 February 2014 - UNESCO hands over the 2013 Heritage Awards of Merit of UNESCO Asia-Pacific to 3 groups, 27 individuals and Duong Lam historic buildings’ owners for their successful contribution and commitments.

National cultural asset
‘Duong Lam village has  a remarkable potential for heritage tourism development, especially since it was the first rural village to be recognized as national cultural asset in November 2005’, noted Mr. Akira Shimizu, Deputy Representative of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). JICA also expressed their commitment to improve livelihood and living conditions with the utilization of cultural heritage value their hope for this achievement to open the door to conquer many challenges.

Impact on community
The restoration works undertaken within the selected buildings of Duong Lam was praised and recognized by the 2013 Heritage Awards jury panel as the on-going continuing efforts are expected to have an even greater impact within the community.  UNESCO representative in Viet Nam, Ms. Katherine Muller-Marin, applauded the cooperation between the Vietnamese and Japanese stakeholders who have worked tirelessly together and noted how the technical expertise and the practical know-how passed on from the Japanese restoration experts to the local villagers has been the cornerstone of this success.

And the award goes to...
After delivering the speech, UNESCO Representative presented the 2013 Award of Merit for the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation to Mr. Ha Huy Mao, representing the three public works of Mong Phu Village gate, On Pagoda and Giang Van Minh family shrine, and Mr. Tran Van Hung and Mr. Ha Van Vinh, owners of the two historic buildings, and to the 27 individuals, and 3 groups who contributed to the successful achievements of the project.

Mrs. Dang Thi Bich Lien, Vice Minister of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, attended the ceremony and expressed her sincere thanks to the Government and people of Japan for the valuable support in the process of preservation and promotion of the Vietnamese traditional cultural heritage through the years.

Elite group
The UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation of Duong Lam Ancient Village is 1 of the 5 Awards on cultural conservation that Viet Nam has received over the past 5 years, joining an elite group of 160 winners from 24 countries.  Four out of five Vietnamese heritage conservation awards include support from Japanese experts: the Joint Programme of Hoi An Ancient Town Conservation (2000); the Project of preservation for 6 houses with ancient architecture of Bac Ninh, Quang Nam, Thanh Hoa, Nam Dinh, Tien Giang, Dong Nai (2004); the Ancestor Memorial House of Tang Clan in Hoi An (2009); and the Traditional Historic Buildings Conservation Project in Duong Lam Ancient Village (2013).

 

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