Despite of busy official visit to Vietnam, the Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida paid a visit to Thang Long Imperial Citadel.
In the intensive strategic partnership relation between Vietnam and Japan, culture is one of the fields of mutual concern by both countries. In Thang Long Imperial Citadel to which the Japanese Foreign Minister has paid visit this afternoon, some cooperation projects have been proposed by both sides.
This is one of the destinations chosen by Japanese visitors when they visit Hanoi. Since 2013, Hanoi has welcomed about 15 million tourists including 2,5 million foreign tourists, Japanese tourists ranked second.
Thang Long Imperial Citadel reminded of the cultural heritage preservation project lasted 3 years (2013-2015) carried out by two partners of UNESCO who are Japan and Hanoi People’s Committee under the direction by UNESCO.
This project received the capital source of USD 1 million from UNESCO/Japanese Funds in Trust and Tokyo National Research Institute for Cultural Properties.
The project provided supports to Vietnamese party to carry out scientific researches for evaluating the value of the relic site, particularly the archaeological researches and ancient architecture at the excavation site, propose the measures to protect, consolidate the areas open, build up capacity for Vietnamese professional staff and managers in field of history, urban archaeology, relic preservation, relic management and development.
While, Nara National Research Institute for Cultural Properties (Japan) is proposing a project for technical research and development for preservation of the precious wooden relic in Thang Long Imperial Citadel.
This Institute took the lead and in cooperation with some other research organizations such as Kyoto Institute to develop some chemicals to be used for maintaining the wooden relics in line with the tropical climate in Vietnam.
Japanese Foreign Minister visited Thang Long Imperial Citadel in the morning of 1rst August: