Japanese trust fund helps preserve Thang Long Citadel
Update: Jan 21, 2010
The Japanese Fund-in-Trust will provide Vietnam with more than USD1.1 million in non-refundable aid to help preserve a cultural heritage site in Hanoi.

The agreement, which is valued at more than USD1.2 million, was signed in Hanoi on January 20 in the presence of Mitsuo Sakaba, Japanese Ambassador in Vietnam, Katherine Muller-Marin, UNESCO’s representative in Vietnam, and members of Hanoi’s authorities.

With the remaining USD93,000 being contributed by Vietnam, the project will be completed in 36 months and starts in January this year.

It is designed to support scientific research that assesses the archeological, architectural, and socio-economic values of Hanoi’s former Thang Long Citadel and will come up with proposals to conserve and make full use of those values.

The project will also help to develop a management plan for the site and will focus on providing Vietnamese specialists and managers with methodologies used in urban and historical archeology, as well as preservation methods and managerial skills.

Muller-Marin said that the preservation of these valuable heritages is necessary, to help enrich the younger generations’ knowledge of Hanoi and understand what helped to create the oldest capital city in Southeast Asia.

The Thang Long-Hanoi Citadel Area has been rated as a special national relic site and has been submitted to UNESCO for recognition as a world heritage site.