Vietnam's enchanting ancient village scoops UNESCO conservation award

10th Sep 2013

Vietnam's plethora of ancient cultural sites seem to be in safe hands if the latest round of Unesco awards for heritage conservation is anything to go by.

The south-east Asian country's conservation and restoration works are among those to have been recognised in this year's Unesco Asia-Pacific Heritage Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation.

Duong Lam in Son Tay District has scooped an Award of Merit title for its successful restoration of five of its 800 ancient houses.

Tourists on city breaks to the capital Hanoi can take in a trip to this enchanting ancient village about 46 kilometres (28.5 miles) away.

Duong Lam is the only place in Vietnam to give the country two kings with Phung Hung (761-802) and Ngo Quyen (897-944) both born and bred in the village.

They successfully spearheaded the resistance against China's Sung and Southern Han armies to regain national independence.

More than 1,000 years on, tourists today enjoy famous constructions, Sung Nghiem Tu (Mia Pagoda), on a small hillock in Dong Sang Hamlet, and Mong Phu Temple, erected to commemorate the these two kings.

Elsewhere, Hanoi's Hotel Sofitel Legend Metropole won the Honourable Mention Award for restoration of its bomb shelter, which has been preserved and is now open to the public.

The 100-year-old accommodation featured in the Condé Nast Traveler Hot List and the publication's annual list as one of the 66 coolest new hotels in the world, both in 2010.

The Sofitel Metropole was also picked as the best hotel in Hanoi by Hong Kong's Destin Asian, Asia Money magazine, and Vietnam's VnEconomy; and scooped an award from the Vietnam Tourism Association.

It was also honoured with the title of 2007's best hotel for businessmen in a capital city by readers of Business Traveler Asia Pacific, a leading travel publication.


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