Vietnam to Implement Additional Protection Measures for UNESCO World Heritage City Hoi An

Vietnam, Hoi An, UNESCO, Heritage

The Hoi An Centre for Cultural Heritage Management and Preservation will carry out various preservation tasks in the 2020-25 period in a bid to help to preserve and sustaining values of Hoi An ancient town in the central province of Quang Nam.

In a recent interview, the Director of Hoi An Centre for Cultural Heritage Management and Preservation, Mr Pham Phu Ngoc, highlighted that increased attention will be paid to preventing severe run-down conditions of historical and cultural relics.

The solutions include anti-flooding in the ancient quarter; erosion and landslide prevention; street beautification; conservation of ancient relics and intangible cultural values; and planning urban areas within the heritage zone and craft village development; and resources for conservation.

The measures will be implemented synchronously in an attempt to conserve Hoi An ancient town and protect its global outstanding values as well as existing architectures and sceneries, Ngoc underlined.

He added that after Hoi An was recognised as a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1999, the centre has funded more than 152 billion VND (6.53 million USD) to repair, protect and restore previously damaged historical structures. Hoi An city is currently home to 1,432 heritage and historical sites, of which nearly 1,360 need protection.

In addition to funding from the State and international organisations, the conservation expense was sourced from ticket sales, which hit about 300 billion VND in 2019. However, this year’s revenue may sharply decrease due to the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak. The city is currently closed to foreign tourists as the local administration suspended the selling of tickets to enter the town. Foreign travellers are not authorised to enter the preserved area without a ticket.

In 2019, the province of Quang Nam welcomed nearly 7.7 million visitors, including over 4.6 million foreigners, and earned more than 6 trillion VND (259.1 million USD). Hoi An alone received over 2.5 million tourists. The original projection for 2020 looked at over 8 million travellers for 2020, a target which is now out of reach.