Exhibition displaying culture heritage of French Provins and Thang Long-Hanoi opens (08:26 25/11/2020)

HNP - The Thang Long-Hanoi Imperial Citadel Conservation Center kicked off an exhibition titled “Provins ancient urban area (France) and the Thang Long Imperial Citadel - Hanoi: Cultural heritage in the heart of the city” on November 23, marking the 75th founding anniversary of UNESCO (1945-2020) and the 15th anniversary of Vietnam Culture Heritage Day (November 23, 2005-2020).

Delegates cut the ribbon to kick off the exhibition.

The event saw the attendance of Vuong Dinh Hue, Politburo member, Secretary of the Hanoi Party Committee and head of the municipal delegation of National Assembly deputies; Pham Quang Nghi, former Politburo member, former Secretary of the Hanoi Party Committee; and members of the Party Central Committee (PCC): Lieutenant-General Nguyen Tan Cuong,  member of the Central Military Commission and Deputy Minister of National Defense, Chu Ngoc Anh, Deputy Secretary of the Hanoi Party Committee and Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee; Ngo Thi Thanh Hang, former Permanent Deputy Secretary of the municipal Party Committee.
In attendance were Permanent Deputy Secretary of the municipal Party Committee Nguyen Thi Tuyen, Deputy Secretary of the municipal Party Committee Nguyen Van Phong, Head of UNESCO Hanoi Office in Vietnam Michael Croft, and leaders of ministries, ministerial-level sectors and Hanoi city.
The exhibition is part of an action program between the Hanoi People’s Committee and the Ile de France Regional Council for the 2018-2021 period, and is under a cooperation agreement on cultural heritage between the Thang Long Imperial Citadel Conservation Center and Provins City in 2019-2021.
It features some 200 photos, documents, and objects featuring the ancient urban area of Provins in France and Hanoi’s Thang Long Imperial Citadel.
Provins, which was placed on the list of world cultural heritage sites in December 2001, was at one time a typical town in the province of Champagne, a major center of trade in Europe.
The Imperial Citadel of Thang Long - Hanoi, which was declared a World Heritage in August 2010, was Vietnam’s center of power for more than 1,000 years, and an unique evidence of Vietnamese civilization during the development of monarchies in Southeast Asia and East Asia.
Both sites are located in the heart of important thousand-year-old cities in France and Vietnam. 
Other unique world cultural heritage sites in the two countries are on display, thus enhancing the exchange of experience in preserving such sites and promoting heritage tourism.
The exhibition will last until the end of 2020 at the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long, No. 19 Hoang Dieu, Ba Dinh district, Hanoi.

By Tran Huong

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