Heritage, Tourism And Conservation By Trung Chau In the wake of the reopening to visitors of the Royal Citadel in Hanoi, the Weekly looks at the partnership between the preservation of Vietnam’s heritage sites and cultural tourism UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee on July 31 this year recognized Vietnam’s Thang Long Royal Citadel as a world cultural heritage site. The site won the recognition thanks to its three outstanding characteristics, its age, the continuity of the citadel as a power center and the variety of relics it contains. This is the newest member of Vietnam’s 10 natural, cultural and intangible cultural world heritage sites. It is now on the list of cultural experiences that tourists will look at when they are deciding how they will spend their time and money on their Vietnam holiday. However, according to travel companies, authorities need to improve tourism services and information around the heritage sites. Grueling heritage tours Nguyen Van … [Read more...] about Heritage, Tourism And Conservation
Planning listed buildings and conservation areas
I. IntroductionCountries undertaking economic reform measures to transform their economies from centrally directed command economies to market-oriented systems came to be referred as transitional economies. The rationale and inspiration for economic reform movements is provided not only by the failure of formerly centrally planned economies (CPEs) to generate growth and sustain development, but also by the success of market-oriented East Asian countries--the newly industrializing economies (NIEs) of Hong Kong, South Korea, Singapore and Taiwan--as well as the next-tier miracles of East and Southeast Asia --Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand.The reform process started in Myanmar and Vietnam in the late 1980s, and a little later in Cambodia and Laos. (1) While undertaking economic reforms, first, Vietnam became a member of ASEAN in 1995. Then, Myanmar, along with Laos, became a member of ASEAN in 1997. (2) Cambodia was the last of the so-called CLMV countries to become a member of ASEAN … [Read more...] about Transitional economy of Myanmar: present status, developmental divide, and future prospects
Hanoi Times - The 4th Summit of Cambodia-Laos-Myanmar and Vietnam (CLMV) was held at the National Conference Centre in Hanoi on November 6. Present at the event were the Prime Ministers of Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam, the Deputy General Secretary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nation (ASEAN) and senior officials of the four countries. Participants in the summit expressed their pleasure at the remarkable progress recorded in the implementation of CLMV cooperation programmes over recent years in the spirit of the 2004 Vientiane joint statement on enhancing economic cooperation and integration among the four countries, as well as the CLMV action plan concerning trade-investment, agriculture, industry-energy, transportation, information and communications technology, tourism and human resource development. However, they pointed out challenges posed by the global financial crisis and climate change and stressed that CLMV should strengthen cooperation in narrowing … [Read more...] about Fourth Summit of Cambodia-Laos-Myanmar and Vietnam in Hanoi
by Hồng Vân “Côn Sơn suối chảy rì rầm/ Ta nghe như tiếng đàn cầm bên tai” (Côn Sơn’s streams are babbling/ As music from a stringed instrument) The beauty and serenity evoked in this line from 15th-century poet Nguyễn Trãi’s Côn Sơn Ca (Côn Sơn Ballad) still come to mind when visiting the Côn Sơn-Kiếp Bạc Complex today. The complex of pagodas and temples nestles amidst forested mountains in the Côn Sơn area’s Chí Linh District, Hải Dương Province. The most prominent structures in the complex are the Côn Sơn Pagoda and the Kiếp Bạc Temple, havens of peace and quiet, some 80 kilometres from central Hà Nội. The sacredness of the pagoda, believed to have been built in the 13th century, is encapsulated in the famous saying: “Côn Sơn, … [Read more...] about Côn Sơn-Kiếp Bạc a model of conservation
Local newspapers have recently written many articles about the Dong Nai 6 and 6A hydro-power projects, invested by the Duc Long Gia Lai Group. Readers comment that some newspapers protested the construction of hydro-power plants inside the Cat Tien National Park, and some others supported. What is the truth? Dong Nai 6 and Dong Nai 6A raise waves on Dong Nai River Formalism exists in assessing environmental impacts Dam projects in Dong Nai river require stricter assessments Behind the true lie Six hydropower plant projects round up Cat Tien National Park For the people’s interest or investor’s interest? Cat Tien National Park. That is the question raised by Lam Dinh Uy, an expert on environmental sciences from the Center for Biodiversity and Development, about the two hydro-power projects that are located in the Cat Tien National Park, which is based in Dong Nai, Lam Dong, Binh Phuoc and Dak Nong provinces. According to Mr. Uy, it is extremely important to … [Read more...] about Dong Nai 6 and 6A hydro-power projects: Where is the truth?