20th anniversary of Hoi An and My Son – world cultural heritages


The 20th anniversary of Hoi An ancient town and My Son Sanctuary recognized as the UNESCO’s world cultural heritages and 10 years of Cham Islands World Biosphere Reserve took place at My Son Sanctuary, Duy Xuyen district, Quang Nam province last night (September 8th).

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc at the event.

Present at the event were Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc; leaders of Central services and agencies; representatives of Central provinces and central Highlands, research institutes and conservation centres; Head of UNESCO office in Vietnam Michael Croft; Japanese, Indian, Chinese and Lao ambassadors; Quang Nam leaders and a large majority of local people and visitors.

Local people and visitors at the event.

Giving a speech at the event, Quang Nam provincial People’s Committee Dinh Van Thu recalled the UNESCO’s recognition of Hoi An ancient town and My Son Sanctuary as World Cultural Heritages in 1999 and of Cham Islands as a World Biosphere Reserve in 2009.

Besides the tangible cultural values, Hoi An, My Son and Cham Islands have rich and diverse intangible cultural values including typical local traditions, customs, beliefs and folk festivals. Thanks to the contributions and aids from international, governmental and non-governmental organizations, universities, and research institutes, Quang Nam heritages have been fully preserved. Their values have been promoted, giving an impulse to the development of local tourism.

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (R) gives Quang Nam a souvenir.

Using the heritages as a lever, Quang Nam received over 6.5 million arrivals, 3.8 million of them are international.

It is acknowledged that the locals have a great contribution to the conservation and promotion of heritage values in Quang Nam. This success has spread to other localities in the region and in the world. Most of the festivals here mainly focus on the heritage conservation and promotion.

The artistic programme of Quang Nam- Precious Gems

According to Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Quang Nam is one of the rare province with two world cultural heritages and a world biosphere reserve. It is a place of cultural and economic interference between ancient civilizations such as China, Japan, Champa and Sa Huynh. In the coming time, Quang Nam should complete its planning and effectively implement the heritage conservation and promotion closely attached to the local benefits.