Vietnam earmarks over $350 mln for cultural restoration project

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Vietnam will invest nearly VND7.4 trillion (US$350.68 million) into a national program aimed at preserving and restoring thousands of relic sites and cultural heritages between now and 2015, Dan Tri reported Friday.

The news website reported that the program recently approved by Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung will dedicate more than half of the investment toward the annual preservation of national relic sites which are currently degrading between 60 and 90 sites per year.

Additional 300-400 sites will be fortified in an effort to protect them from deteriorating.

Part of the program will include the preparation of documents necessary for cultural heritages to be considered by UNESCO as intangible cultural heritages, and the restoration of 20 festivals, the report said.

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The government also plans to make a map which identifies where Vietnam's various intangible cultural values originated and which catalog the projects aimed at preserving them, it added.

Furthermore, traditional art forms will receive funds to upgrade and build theaters as well as organize training sessions for artists, Dan Tri reported.

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