Thanh Hoa aims to preserve relics, promote tourism

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VietNamNet Bridge – Vinh Loc District in Thanh Hoa Province possesses many world and national heritages but has not properly exploited its tourism potential, as discussed at a recent conference in Vinh Hung Commune.

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A future national treasure: The citadel of Ho Dynasty in Thanh Hoa Province was recognised as world heritage in 2011. Housing many famous sites and relics, the province has great tourism potential that has yet to be properly exploited. — Photo: VNA/VNS

The conference, which attracted the participation of many researchers and representatives of relevant organisations, was aimed at thoroughly evaluating the historical, cultural, architectural and artistic value of the heritages and relics surrounding the citadel of the Ho Dynasty (1400-1407).

The conference is part of a series of activities to pay tribute to part generations, which can be credited for founding and bringing fame to the region, including Trinh Kiem, founder of the reign of Trinh Lords (1545–1787), on celebration of his 447th death anniversary.

At the event, participants presented 19 scientific reports to highlight the close connection between relics of the citadel of the Ho Dynasty, Trinh Palace and Nghe Vet and nearby heritages, as part of a project to preserve temporary local heritages and develop tourism in Vinh Loc District in particular and Thanh Hoa Province in general.

Participants maintained the district had great tourism potential; however, they agreed potential had not been fully exploited to attract more tourists and significantly contribute to local revenue.

“The citadel of the Ho Dynasty has been recognised as a world heritage for over five years but its value has not been fully exploited,” Nguyen Huu Tam, an associate professor from Viet Nam Institute of History, said. “The province has many beautiful relics and destinations, why don’t we take advantage by combining this with trade villages and tourism tours and diversify local tourism products?”

The participants also suggested that the district conduct more activities to promote tourism in a professional manner, invest in human resources, construct infrastructure and prepare a strategy on commercial, industrial, tourism and service development. At the same time, they said it was also necessary for relevant organisations to enhance locals’ awareness of the value and importance of the heritages in an effort to preserve and promote their value.

The conference also received feedback from travel agents about the advantages and drawbacks of local tourism as well as their suggestions on preserving the heritages in combination with sustainable development, which would create a firm foundation for connecting tours in the region.

Vinh Loc District is home to 66 heritages, one of which is a world heritage, another 14 are national heritages and 51 are provincial heritages, including the citadel of Ho Dynasty, Trinh Palace and Hoa Long Pagoda, creating a great potential to develop tourism.

VNS

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