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Hoi An town considers dismantling irreversibly damaged old houses

Hoi An town considers dismantling irreversibly damaged old houses

Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 19:45 GMT+7

Authorities in Quang Nam Province in central Vietnam are taking into consideration the option of dismantling nine old houses which are beyond repair.

According to Nguyen Chi Trung, head of the Hoi An Center for Cultural Heritage Management and Preservation, his center has formed a council to inspect decaying relics in UNESCO-recognized Hoi An Old Town, particularly the nine century-old houses which have incurred irreparable damage.

Hoi An City is currently home to 48 old houses which are in dire need of maintenance and restoration, he added.

The center is considering dismantling or relocating the nine houses before the wet season begins.

It will also coordinate with the managers of the relics to restore or add support beams depending on the extent of the damage to the structures.

Late last month, Hoi An City opened an information center in Hoi An Old Town, which is located in two historic houses numbered 62 Bach Dang and 31 Nguyen Thai Hoc.

The information center, which features beautiful flower pots and lush vegetation, allows tourists to rest and offers them panoramic views of the old town.

Tourists are also offered free restrooms and detailed, updated information on tourism services.

The center will also serve as the venue for a slew of communal activities such as street art performances and traditional cultural and athletic events.

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