Managing and preserving local heritage sites in Hue
Update: Jun 03, 2015
Plans and strategies to manage and preserve local heritage sites, starting with the tomb of King Minh Mang has been supported by the application of geographic information systems (GIS).

GIS technology is being applied to define the values of the tomb and its surrounding area based on different criteria, such as historical construction, restoration and tourism potential.

By thoroughly analysing the GIS database of information on the site, the centre identified specific measures to protect the relic site and surrounding natural landscapes in the context of urban development.

The centre is currently developing detailed maps of the tomb and its vicinities, which will serve as useful tools for preserving and upgrading the tomb and developing tourism in the future.

The centre has also produced charts featuring the number of visitors to the tomb and has decentralised the administrative procedures for restoration projects.

The application of GIS technology will help the centre implement heritage management approaches more effectively and meet the UNESCO requirements in this field.

Hue’s urban heritage is closely linked to the Nguyen dynasty (1802-1945). During this period, hundreds of historical structures were built, including the imperial Hue Citadel.

In the future, this technology will be applied to other relic sites in the imperial Hue Citadel’s relic system.

As known, a geographic information system (GIS) is a system designed to capture, store, manipulate, analyze, manage, and present all types of spatial or geographical data. The acronym GIS is sometimes used for geographical information science or geospatial information studies to refer to the academic discipline or career of working with geographic information systems and is a large domain within the broader academic discipline of Geoinformatics.GIS is a broad term that can refer to a number of different technologies, processes, and methods. It is attached to many operations and has many applications related to engineering, planning, management, transport/logistics, insurance, telecommunications, and business.