24.06.2013 - UNESCO Office in Ha Noi

Launch of the Exhibit on the Archaeological Excavation of the My Son World Heritage site G Group monuments and opening the G Group monuments to the public

My Son Sanctuary, Quang Nam Province, 22 June – As one in a series of events during the second UNESCO Culture and Development Week in Viet Nam, highlighting concrete results of the collaboration between Quang Nam and UNESCO over the past decade, a ceremony will be held today to launch an exhibit on archaeological excavations of the My Son World Heritage site G Group monuments and to officially open the G Group monuments to the public.

Also today, in My Son, the Cham Cultural Festival will begin, in the framework of the Quang Nam Heritage Festival V-2013.

Over the past ten years, with financial support from the Government of Italy and in coordination with Quang Nam Provincial People’s Committee, Quang Nam Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, and Institute for Conservation of Monuments under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, UNESCO has supported the My Son Management Board in excavating and restoring My Son’s G Group monuments, one of the most important groups of monuments of the World Heritage site. Led by experts from the Lerici Foundation, restoration techniques have been refined and local workers have been trained to participate in restoration. Sixty objects, recovered during the archaeological excavation and restoration process, will be presented to the public in the exhibit. The 40th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Italy and Viet Nam will also be celebrated as part of the event with the presence of the Ambassador of Italy to Viet Nam, Mr. Lorenzo Angeloni.

In her remarks at the ceremony, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova stated that “This partnership has contributed to enriching our understanding of the architecture and art of the ancient kingdom of Cham Pa, and teaches us a great deal about the social and political situation at the time when the kingdom flourished. All of this shows the power of partnerships for innovation, between the Governments of Italy and Viet Nam, with UNESCO coordination – it highlights especially the depth of Viet Nam’s commitment to safeguarding and promoting cultural heritage for the benefit of all.”

For more information about the Launch of the Exhibit and Culture and Development Week 2013, please contact:

In Hoi An:
Ms. Le Thi Xuyen
0913 490 452
0944 210 452

In Ha Noi:
Ms. Tran Thi Thu Thuy
3747 0275/28
0904 949 129

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