The seminar on approving the project: “Building Vietnam-Laos PDR cultural and tourism village in Ninh Binh”
On February 25, 2020, Traditional and Development Research Institute (TaDRI) affiliated to the Vietnam Union of Science and Technology Associations (VUSTA) cooperated with Vietnam Cultural Foundation (VCF) to hold the seminar on approving the project “Building Vietnam-Laos PDR cultural and tourism village” in Thai Son hamlet, Son Lai commune, Nho Quan district, Ninh Binh province, Vietnam where there is a historical site dedicated to Nhoi Hoa princess of Laos PDR. This is an important event in a series of activities on preservation, embellishment and promotion of tangible and intangible heritage values of Laos PDR culture in Vietnam.
Attendants of the seminar were H.E. The Ambassador of Laos PDR to Viet Nam, Sengphet Houngboungnuang; Deputy Ambassador of Laos PDR, Viengsay Thadaseng; Secretary of the Ambassador, Hát-xa-con; and the person taking charge of the press, Olam. A number of leading prestigious Vietnamese scientists in the field of conversation research and promoting cultural heritage values also attended the seminar including Assoc.Prof.Dr. Dang Van Bai, Vice Chairperson of Heritage Association of Vietnam, Prof.Dr. Le Thi Quy, Chairman of VCF – Prof.Dr. Nguyen Quang Ngoc, Vice Chairman of Vietnamese Historical Association - Assoc.Prof.Dr. Pham Duy Duc, members of Management Board of VCF-Mr. Pham Sinh Khanh, Deputy Director of Management Unit of Trang An Ninh Binh…
Presiding over and presenting at the seminar, Prof.Dr. Dang Canh Khanh, Director of TaDRI said that the project of building Vietnam-Laos cultural and tourism village was established since the process of field survey by TaDRI in Ninh Binh in the period of 2011 - 2012. Being one of key consultants of developing the profile of world heritage site for Trang An submitted to UNESCO, the scientists of TaDRI discovered the historic fact around 500 years ago, when a Laotian Princess following the order of Laos King led a herd of elephants to Thai Son hamlet, Son Lai commune, Nho Quan district, Ninh Binh province to support Le King to fight enemy. The Princess stayed in Viet Nam and taught the people how to fight enemy with elephants. Having completed the training, she fell ill and passed away. The King directed local people to build a temple to worship the Princess in Viet Nam.
In accordance with Prof.Dr. Dang Canh Khanh, there are three main objectives in the project “Building Vietnam-Laos cultural and tourism village”: Conducting a research of the area of the Laotian Princess and the historical exchange period of the two countries through the history facts, written records of lineages and localities, through archeological work and exploring the contribution of the Laotian Princess to the local people. Study characteristics of Laos culture in the temple through paintings, architecture, style, spirituality…; Restoration and embellishment of the Laotian Princess temple (which has been degraded) to become a place of cultural, historical and spiritual tourism honoring Vietnam-Laos friendship; Building Vietnam-Laos eco-tourism, cultural village to serve the people of the two countries.
Delegates at the seminar gave support and agreement with the project
Speaking at the seminar, the Ambassador of Laos PDR, Sengphet Houngboungnuang highly appreciated the idea of the project and affirmed that the project was an important and feasible, however it takes time to complete a number of parts of the project. “We including governments, scientists, businesses, people of the two countries need to work together to successfully build this project contributing to the close friendship of the two countries”. Said the Ambassador.
Prof.Dr. Dang Canh Khanh, Director of TaDRI
The delegates expressed their support for the project and gave important suggestions such as combining the construction of Vietnam-Laos cultural and tourism village with Laos cultural heritage museum, combining the construction of cultural village with the ensuring of exploitation, and promotion of local knowledge values, mobilizing the involvement of the local people associated with improving the living standards, ensuring livelihoods and sustainable development of the province… After the seminar, TaDRI and VCF will continue studying, consulting experts and finalizing the project in details to submit to competent authorities for the deployment and implementation of the project.
Author: Thuy Trang