Buddhist Cultural Week to energize Hue

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The 2010 Buddhist Cultural Week from May 16 - 22 will revitalize the historic city of Hue, former imperial capital of Vietnam, to celebrate the millenium anniversary of Hanoi.

According to organizer, the Executive Board of the Buddhist Sangha in the province of Thua Thien Hue, the event will include an exhibit of Thang Long artifacts with around 100 relics, some of which predate the establishment of Thang Long 1,000 years ago (the Dai La Era). Other items on display come from the the Ly and Tran dynasties, the Le Trung Hung dynasty, all collected by amateur historian Tran Dinh Son from Ho Chi Minh City.

Cover of the book "An Dinh Hue's Hidden Treasure"

Scholars Cao Huy Thuan, Tran Dinh Son, Professor Thai Kim Lan, researcher Ho Tan Phan will lecture on several topics: Buddhist imprints on the Royal Thang Long Citadel, Thang Long Stamps in the Huong River, and the independence of Vietnamese Buddhism.

For the coming Hue Festival in June, painter Nguyen Duy Hien will create an art installation by hanging more than 3,000 of his paintings on "Painting Street" Le Ngo Cat.

According to the Hue-based artist, these paintings, created over a 20 - year period, will be on display not only along the street, but also in every shop.

As part of the Hue Festival, the Goethe Institute in Hanoi has released a documentary film on DVD called Bao ton Di san Van hoa o Viet Nam Thuong ngoan ba danh thang (Conservation of Cultural Heritage in Vietnam - Enjoying Three Spectacular Landscapes) and the book "An Dinh Hue's Hidden Treasure."

The DVD takes viewers on a virtual journey through three of Hue's landmarks: An Dinh Palace, Tu Duc Mausoleum in Hue and Hanoi's Tran Dang Village, all of which have been carefully preserved and restored.

The book is in three languages and gives a more detailed description of the process of conservation and restoration of painted walls in An Dinh Palace. Besides the ups and downs of the last imperial dynasty, the book describes the training programs given to Vietnamese conservationists by the German Conservation, Restoration and Education Project.

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