07.12.2012 - UNESCO Office in Ha Noi

Inauguration of the sub-regional exhibition "Our Common Heritage: Exploring the World Heritage Sites of Cambodia, Laos and Viet Nam"


Ha Noi, 7 December 2012. Today, the launch of the sub-regional exhibition “Our Common Heritage: Exploring the World Heritage Sites of Cambodia, Laos and Viet Nam” has been inaugurated in Viet Nam at the archaeological site of the Central Sector of the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long - Ha Noi.

As part of the UNESCO/Japanese Funds-in-Trust project to strengthen the visibility of Heritage Site museums in the three countries, the exhibition will be installed at the nine participating site museums, in connection to six World Heritage sites: Angkor, Preah Vihear, Vat Phou, My Son, Ho Citadel and Thang Long Citadel. The first launch of the exhibition took place on 5 December 2012 at the Preah Nordom Sihanouk–Angkor museum in Cambodia and the other sites will in turn launch in early 2013.

The thematic photo-and-text exhibition highlights the vast and rich interconnections between the World Heritage sites and the life of populations in ancient kingdoms in the region, in addition to their role in global history.

In addition to showcasing common themes on “Nature and Myth” and “Trade and Exchange”, each museum will exhibit its own themes derived from its collections, thereby providing a new interpretation and hence experience, for even the seasoned visitor. The theme of Thang Long Citadel is “The Dragons of Thang Long”.

Speaking at the launch, UNESCO Representative to Viet Nam, Katherine Muller-Marin said the project “has helped strengthen awareness on the importance of site museums, which play a significant role in interpreting and presenting the authentic values of World Heritage to the wider public”.

The exhibitions are the result of one-year preparatory collaboration between UNESCO and the museums, including two intensive training courses for museum professionals in research, exhibition planning, design and implementation in addition to public information, such as education programmes and exhibition catalogues.

It is envisioned that, in the long-term, by building a strong network of museums and museum professionals from the three Mekong countries, the project will serve as a model for further sub-regional cooperation.


For further information on the exhibition at Thang Long Citadel, please contact:

Duong Bich Hanh
Culture Programme Coordinator
UNESCO Ha Noi Office
Email: db.hanh(at)unesco.org

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