Bomb shelter in Hanoi hotel honored by UNESCO

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Tim Curtis (L), representative of UNESCO in South East Asia, presents the award to Clive Scott, CEO of Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi Hotel

A bomb shelter built in the 1960s under the Metropole Hanoi hotel has been given an "Horonable Mention" award for the Culture Heritage Conservation from UNESCO Asia-Pacific on Monday.

The 40-meter-square bomb shelter, discovered in 2011, lies three meters underground. It was built because American airplanes were carpet-bombing Vietnamese cities at the time. 

Tim Curtis, head of the Culture Unit in UNESCO Bangkok office, who is responsible for the coordination and implementation of UNESCO's Culture Programme in South East Asia, said the UNESCO appreciated what the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi has done to restore the lost bomb shelter.

"The restoration of the Lost Bomb Shelter has revealed yet another layer in the rich history of the Metropole Hotel, one of Hanoi's most notable heritage buildings"

Opened to public in late May, the bomb shelter now welcomes around 20 different groups of visitors per week.

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