Conflict continues over the razed king wife’s tomb

Thua Thien-Hue, July 4 (VNA) - Archaeologists are demanding permission to conduct excavations at the site of the tomb of one of King Tu Duc’s wives, which was bulldozed recently, to preserve whatever is undamaged.  The incident in the central Thua Thien-Hue province came to light on June 21, and has agitated locals and historians, which in turn has prompted the provincial People’s Committee to demand a report on the episode. The site was being bulldozed for the construction of a parking lot.  Do Bang, chairman of the local Association of Historical Science, said excavation work should be done around the site where the ancient tomb was razed for the construction of a parking lot. The Vietnamese Law of Heritage allows for such excavation work, which will help experts gain a clearer picture about the king’s wife as well as the tomb itself, Bang said.  The Nguyen Family committee, an organisation representing descendants of the Nguyen Dynasty (1802-1945), and the investor of the parking lot, whose bulldozer razed the tomb, also want the exact location of the tomb so they can retrieve the bones and belongings of the king’s wife.  At the same time, the Hue Monuments Conservation Centre, the local body that manages all monuments related to the dynasty in Hue, said the text on the stone stele attached to the razed tomb is the same as that found on a worshipping plate in a temple designated for the king’s wives inside Tu Duc…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – Archaeologists are demanding permission to conduct excavations at the site of the tomb of one of King Tu Duc’s wives, which was bulldozed recently, to preserve whatever is undamaged. Site that members of the Nguyen Family committee believe the grave of the king’s wife is located. — Photo: Dien Quang/VNS The incident in the central Thua Thien-Hue Province came to light on June 21, and has agitated locals and historians, which in turn has prompted the provincial People’s Committee to demand a report on the episode. The site was being bulldozed for the construction of a parking lot. Do Bang, chairman of the local Association of Historical Science, said excavation work should be done around the site where the ancient tomb was razed for the construction of a parking lot. The Vietnamese Law of Heritage allows for such excavation work, which will help experts gain a clearer picture about the king’s wife as well as the tomb itself, Bang said. The Nguyen Family committee, an organisation representing descendants of the Nguyen Dynasty (1802-1945), and the investor of the parking lot, whose bulldozer razed the tomb, also want the exact location of the tomb so they can retrieve the bones and belongings of the king’s wife. At the same time, the Hue Monuments Conservation Centre, the local body that manages all monuments related to the dynasty in Hue, said the text on the stone stele attached to the razed tomb is the same as that found on a…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – Hue residents voiced their anger after the tomb of a king’s wife was razed during construction of a parking lot near the mausoleums of emperors Tu Duc and Dong Khanh. The stone stele of the bulldozed tomb. Photo infonet.vn On Thursday, residents living in Thuy Xuan Commune in central Thua Thien- Hue Province and near the mausoleums attempted to stop a bulldozer that was tearing down a royal tomb, but the driver ignored the villagers and razed the tomb. Tran Duy Quy, a local resident who attempted to stop the destruction of the 50sq.m tomb, believed it was a royal tomb because of its size, structure and its domed gate. Other residents said the tomb was ancient and located amidst tombs of other wives from the Nguyen Dynasty (1802-1945)’s fourth king – Tu Duc. According to researchers, among the many wives of a king, only the beloved wives of the king were buried near his resting place. At that time, people believed the tomb of a king’s wife had been razed. However, Phan Thanh Hai, director of Hue Monuments Conservation Centre, the local government’s body that manages heritage sites related to the Nguyen Dynasty in the former imperial capital city, denied that a tomb had been destroyed. Hai told Viet Nam News that his staff had conducted “careful research” in 2013, and they noted that there were a tomb designated for Hoc Phi, a wife of King Tu Duc, as well as another common tomb for 15…... [read more]

Hue has issuing strict regulations on what to wear when visiting its monuments in an attempt to ensure solemnity of the key buildings that once belonged to the Nguyen Dynasty (1802-1945). Wearing shorts is prohibited at solemn places inside Hue monuments since the first of July. Hue Monuments Conservation Centre, a body of local authorities that manages monuments related to the dynasty around the former imperial capital city, regulated that visitors will have to wear decent clothing when they visiting solemn monuments from the first day of July. In particular, shorts, revealing skirts and singlets are prohibited in solemn areas, including palaces in which kings once banned the entry of women and temples where the kings and their ancestors are worshipped. The centre provides a clothes renting service for those visitors wearing prohibited clothing but wish to enter the solemn places, which are marked by signposts depicting the banned clothing. According to the centre’s director Phan Thanh Hai, the centre had informed travel agencies nationwide on the clothing ban, so that agencies were ready ahead of the date from when the ban took effect. Banning indecent clothing at solemn places of the dynasty is aimed at reducing charges of desecration.  Nguyen Phuoc Vinh Khanh, a member of the Nguyen family committee that comprises descendants of the Nguyen Dynasty, said the ban should have been imposed a long time ago as a mark of respect for his ancestors.  VNS... [read more]

Discharge from Southeast Asia’s largest hydropower dam in northern Vietnam early this week has shocked and killed at least 280 tons of fish, causing farmers over $500,000 of losses. The Hoa Binh hydropower plant in the namesake province started releasing water for the first time on Tuesday, sending out an average of 2,400 cubic meters (630,000 gallons), enough to fill an Olympic swimming pool, every second. Hoa Binh’s disaster response and rescue team said the release has flooded 6 hectares (15 acres) of rice fields and killed 39.5 tons of fish by Friday, Vietnam News Agency reported. It also caused landslides that directly threatened 13 families, leaving cracks on several houses. Two men were drowned as their boat capsized on a flooded field in Hoa Binh on Thursday, but the deaths have not been associated with the release. The dam effect reached further to the neighboring Phu Tho Province, killing at least 240 tons of farmed fish by Wednesday, Tran Quang Hoai from the Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control said at a meeting, as quoted by Dan Tri. He said the sudden rise of water has caused shocks. The dead fish are worth an estimated VND11.7 billion ($515,000). The dam, which is 128 meters (420 feet) high and 970 meters long, is set to open the third flood gate on Saturday. Officials said the release has been properly informed to Hanoi and other northern provinces. It was conducted after heavy downpours raised the dam water…... [read more]

Vietnamese Party chief Nguyen Phu Trong’s visit to Cambodia from July 20 to 22 is considered a move to boost the unbreakable ties between the two nations. General Secretary Trong joined talks with Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Hun Sen at the Peace Palace in Phnom Penh on Thursday afternoon to discuss the Vietnam-Cambodia relationship, according to the Vietnam News Agency. PM Hun Sen considered Trong’s visit as historically significant to the sound neighborliness and time-honored traditional friendship between the two parties, governments, and peoples. The two leaders agreed that achievements attained over the past five decades of diplomatic ties serve as an important foundation for the two countries to take their relationship to the next level. The current visit, as well as PM Hun Sen’s recent trip to Vietnam, is seen as a means of boosting the traditional friendship and multi-faceted cooperation of two sides. Both sides reached a consensus to step up the connection between the two economies on a win-win basis, focusing on bringing the value of bilateral trade relating to infrastructure, energy, tourism, agriculture, and forestry to US$5 billion prior to 2025.   Both governments will provide favorable conditions for local businesses to operate and invest, while collaboration will also be carried out to improve education, training, and human resource skills to meet demands for development and global integration. Regarding border issues, the leaders pledged to respect and fully implement agreements signed between both countries, agreeing to soon complete the…... [read more]

Vietnam is the world’s fifth-largest exporter of suitcases, backpacks, and handbags, the country’s Leather, Footwear and Handbag Association (LEFASO) announced on Thursday. The Southeast Asian nation exported US$3.2 billion worth of suitcases, backpacks, and handbags to the world’s most prominent bag importers in 2017, LEFASO said, citing statistics from the International Leather, Footwear and Handbag Association. According to LEFASO, Vietnam ranks fifth among the ten largest exporters of suitcases, backpacks, and handbags the world over, contributing 5.4 percent to last year’s global supply. Vietnam’s suitcase, backpack, and handbag industry has reported consistent growth of 10-15 percent over the past five years, according to LEFASO chairman Nguyen Duc Thuan. The growth is driven by international fashion brands who have taken notice of the quality of Vietnamese lather craftsmanship and chosen to move their handbag manufacturing facilities to Vietnam, Thuan added. In 2016, around 2.5 billion suitcases and handbags were bought around the world at the total cost of $300 billion. The U.S., Hong Kong, and Japan topped the list of global importers in 2016, according to LEFASO. China continues to hold its reign as the top exporter in the industry, accounting for 40.8 percent of global exports in 2016. In the first five months of this year, the U.S. was the largest export market for Vietnamese suitcases, backpacks, and handbags, generating $555 million, a six percent increase over the same period in 2016, the Vietnam News Agency reported on Thursday. The…... [read more]

The United States (US) has been the largest export market for Vietnamese footwear, bags and suitcases in the first five months of 2017, the General Department of Customs said. Viet Nam exports footwear products to 100 countries, of which 72 bring an export value of $1 million per market.  At US$1.99 billion, the export value of local footwear products to the US saw a year-on-year increase of 13.9 per cent, and accounts for 35.2 per cent of Viet Nam’s total footwear export value, the Vietnam News Agency reported today. The European Union (EU) ranks second at $1.76 billion, which is a surge of 9.7 per cent over the same period in 2016, and accounts for 31.15 per cent of the total footwear export revenue. Other leading export markets of local footwear products include China at $418.4 million, up 31.1 per cent; Japan at $284.4 million, up 4.4 per cent; and South Korea at $158.3 million, up 15.5 per cent. In the first five months of this year, the US was also the largest export market for Vietnamese handbags, suitcases and briefcases, bringing in $555 million, which is 6 per cent higher than the same period in 2016. The EU is its second largest export market at $365 million, up 8.2 per cent. The other three large export markets for these items include Japan at $146.5 million, up 1.7 per cent; China at $57.6 million, down 6.8 per cent; and South Korea at $52.8 million, down 0.4 per cent. Statistics from…... [read more]

Phnom Penh, July 19 (VNA) – The upcoming visit to Cambodia by General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Nguyen Phu Trong from July 20-22 will help elevate the bilateral traditional friendship and comprehensive cooperation to a new height, Vietnamese Ambassador to Cambodia Thach Du said in a recent interview to Vietnam News Agency.  The Ambassador noted that the visit, the second of the Party chief to Cambodia after the first one on December 6-8, 2011, is taking place on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Vietnam-Cambodia diplomatic ties, which shows that Vietnam always attaches great importance to the neighbourliness and friendship between the two countries.  The visit also aims to affirm Vietnam’s adherence to the motto of good neighbourliness, traditional friendship, comprehensive, sustainable and long-term cooperation with Cambodia, which was agreed by the two sides in 2005, he added.  The ambassador stressed that the upcoming visit of Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong follows a series of visits by President Tran Dai Quang, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, and National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan.  He also noted that in recent years, King Norodom Sihamoni of Cambodia has paid several official visits to Vietnam. This year saw Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen and President of the Cambodian National Assembly Samdech Heng Samrin visit Vietnam to celebrate the 50th founding anniversary of the bilateral diplomatic ties.  During the visits, leaders of the two countries have reiterated their strong determination…... [read more]

Vietnamese Ambassador to Cambodia Thang Du (Photo: VNA) Phnom Penh (VNA) – The upcoming visit to Cambodia by General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Nguyen Phu Trong from July 20-22 will help elevate the bilateral traditional friendship and comprehensive cooperation to a new height, Vietnamese Ambassador to Cambodia Thang Du said in a recent interview to Vietnam News Agency. The Ambassador noted that the visit, the second of the Party chief to Cambodia after the first one on December 6-8, 2011, is taking place on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Vietnam-Cambodia diplomatic ties, which shows that Vietnam always attaches great importance to the neighbourliness and friendship between the two countries. The visit also aims to affirm Vietnam’s adherence to the motto of good neighbourliness, traditional friendship, comprehensive, sustainable and long-term cooperation with Cambodia, which was agreed by the two sides in 2005, he added. The ambassador stressed that the upcoming visit of Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong follows a series of visits by President Tran Dai Quang, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, and National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan. He also noted that in recent years, King Norodom Sihamoni of Cambodia has paid several official visits to Vietnam. This year saw Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen and President of the Cambodian National Assembly Samdech Heng Samrin visit Vietnam to celebrate the 50th founding anniversary of the bilateral diplomatic ties. During the visits, leaders of…... [read more]




Links Topics : http://news.c10mt.com/2017/07/conflict-continues-over-razed-king.html