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International symposium on Sustainable Management and Appropriate Utilization of the Cultural Landscape – Historical-Eco System at royal tombs of Nguyen dynasty and Huong River’s upstream basin
Update: 15/03/2018 12:00:00
(Hue City, March 20, 2018) Hue Monuments Conservation Centre (HMCC) and Waseda Institute of Urban and Regional Studies, Japan co-organize the international symposium “Sustainable Management and Appropriate Utilization of the Cultural Landscape – Historical-Eco System at royal tombs of Nguyen dynasty and Huong River’s upstream basin” at Sai Gon Morin hotel to report and evaluate the results of the 2014-2018 joint-research program between the two sides, HMCC in collaboration with WIURS, Japan is organizing an international symposium on Sustainable Management and Appropriate Utilization of the Cultural Landscape, Historical-Eco System at Royal tombs of the Nguyen dynasty and Huong River’s upstream basin. The study area focuses mainly on the four royal tomb complex of the early Nguyen Dynasty (Gia Long tombs, Minh Mang tombs, Thieu Tri tombs and TuDuc tombs), with special focus on the Gia Long tomb and the peripheries to the upstream of the Perfume River.

According to the ancients’ perception, the geographical location of Hue was not only of great significance in traffic and defence but also in fengshui, due to which it was believed that the natural elements influence on the ups and downs of the whole dynasty. Therefore, the important architectural complex of Hue planned under the Nguyen Dynasty was designed to be associated with the feng-shui landscape elements, especially the lakes (or rivers, treams), mountains of the front, left and right. The famous images and landscapes of Hue existing in the literature, music and painting are also the fengshui elements of Hue royal architecture such as Huong River, Ngu Binh Mountain, Hen Islet, Da Vien Dune, the complex of imperial tombs, temples, and natural landscapes. The feng-shui elements such as hills, mountains, rivers, lakes, and so on and the water system of each tomb are considered as a linkage which combines these elements to create a unique cultural landscape of the Nguyen Imperial tombs, associated historical architectures and Huong river basin.

It can be affirmed that the royal tomb complex of Nguyen Dynasty associated with the upper basin of Huong River is an area of great values in many aspects, worthy of being recognized as a world heritage by the multi-factors fully integrated and gathered around the natural ecosystem along Huong River from the Hue Citadel to the royal tombs and residential village system. This is a place to store rich spiritual and material culture values, including: agricultural products, spiritual world (living concept, religion and belief), irrigation, water management system and historical, cultural, and traditional elements (community activities, festivals, etc.) are integrated into the cultural landscape of Huong River. The water system and ecological – historical environment designed at royal tombs of Nguyen dynasty associated with Huong River’s upstream basin play an an important role that are being managed and maintained by local authority and community.

The purpose of this international symposim is to share the results of the study of the two sides on the values, characteristics and potentiality of cultural landscape and ecological – historical environment in the royal tomb area of the Nguyen Dynasty associated with the upstream basin of Huong River; discuss and exchange ideas among experts with managers, scholars, and researchers on the protection concept of the buffer zones of cultural landscape, aimed at protecting the integrity, preserving and developing sustainably of the historical – cultural, landscape and environmental values ​​of the royal tombs associated with the upstream basin of Huong River to develop a plan to preserve the heritage landscape for the area accordingly; establish a model of ecotourism at Gia Long tomb - one of the results of cooperation research between HMCC and WIURS in 2014-2018 will also be presented at this symposium. Additionally, the results of this symposium will be considered as additional dossier for re-nomination of Hue Monuments Complex with the new criterion of World Cultural Landscape, a step towards a more comprehensive protection of the values ​​of the world heritage site of Hue. This is also the effort of HMCC in particular and ThuaThien Hue in general to build re-nominated documents to honor once again Hue Monuments Complex is a World Cultural Landscape as recommended by UNESCO and the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism in recent years.

We hope that the Symposium on Sustainable Management and Appropriate Utilization of the Cultural Landscape, Historical-Eco System at Royal tombs of the Nguyen dynasty and Huong River’s upstream basin will be a forum for scholars, the local managers and researcher to share their experiences and contribute useful ideas to the symposim to exchange views on the conservation of the cultural landscape of the heritage buffer zone in order to come up with a plan and policy to protect the integrity, sustainably preserving and developing cultural and historical values, landscape and the environment, enhancing the effectiveness of heritage conservation and management in association with tourist development in Hue Heritage City.  

For further information, please contact:

Hue Monuments Conservation Centre (HMCC)

- Ph.D Phan Thanh Hai, Director of HMCC

Tel: +84-234.3530840; Mobilephone:+84(0)914 066 189

- Ms. Le Thi Thanh Binh, Head of Department of Cooperation and External Affairs

Tel: +84-234.3512751;Mobilephone: +84(0)935 100 776

Email: huedisan@gmail.com

Website : www.huedisan.com.vn/hueworldheritage.org.vn

 

Waseda Institute of Urban and Regional Studies (WIURS)

- Prof. Dr. Satoh Shigeru, Former Director of WIURS

Email: gerusato@waseda.jp

- MA Naoaki Furukawa,  Assistant Professor, Tokyo         Metropolitan University - Japan

Email: naofurk@gmail.com

 

 
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