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Hoi An works out restoration plan for 45 relic sites

The Saigon Times

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After discovering that 45 relic sites have deteriorated, the Hoi An Center for Cultural Heritage Management and Preservation in Quang Nam Province has adopted multiple restoration measures to ensure the safety of these relic sites.

The center surveyed Hoi An Ancient Town and found that 11 relic sites were facing extremely severe deterioration, 21 others were aging, and 13 were suffering minor deterioration.

After the survey, the center supported propping up five relic sites along Tran Phu, Phan Chau Trinh, and Le Loi streets before the rainy and flooding season’s arrival. Besides, the owners of 27 relic sites sought ways to prop up their facilities by themselves.

The center also suggested relocating 13 relic sites that are too deteriorated to be propped up. However, relocating these aging relic sites without changing their original structure would be unfeasible and affect the surrounding landscape of the ancient town. Hence, the center submitted a detailed relocation plan to authorities for consideration and approval.

Data from a source showed that Hoi An City is home to over 1,100 centuries-old houses.

Hoi An pledges no consumption of dog and cat meat

Hoi An Ancient Town in Quang Nam Province is poised to become a popular destination saying no to dog and cat meat eating.

Early this month, Tran Anh Tuan, vice chairman of the provincial government, approved a project worth over VND1.1 billion to develop Hoi An into a tourist-friendly city that disapproves of the consumption of dog and cat meat and thereby helps avert rabies. The non-refundable aid is provided by the global animal welfare organization Four Paws.

Also, the Hoi An City People’s Committee was asked to take charge of the project, which is carried out from September this year to December 2023.

The project is expected to raise public awareness about the importance of rabies vaccination and health risks caused by dog and cat trading activities, provide technical support and increase rabies vaccination coverage, and reduce the risk of rabies among humans.

With the financial aid, this central city will set up information boards in public places and create publications to promote activities related to animal welfare, pet vaccination, and care, and especially encourage the locals to stop eating dog and cat meat.

Hoi An is also the first city in the country to strike a deal to end dog and cat meat trading.

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