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Ha Long Bay museum calls for cash

HA NOI — The Ha Long Ecomuseum is calling for investment to help get on its feet.

The final report of the Ha Long Bay ecomuseum feasibility study, funded by the UNDP, was presented at a conference on Friday to try and whip up some donor enthusiasm.

The US$17.4 million ecomuseum will include twelve open air sites and a central museum.

These sites will introduce visitors to Ha Long Bay and its surrounding areas, and will host sightseeing, field-trip study and research, particularly for children and young people.

In the first stage, 12 pilot projects that will probably cost more than $10.4 million will be implemented over a number of years.

They will focus on the culture, history and environment of Ha Long Bay and its surrounding area.

A floating heritage centre will involve Ha Long Bay’s local fishing community demonstrating and conserving their unique way of life, bringing them much-needed money.

The Me Cung group of archaeological sites will become an open-air museum depicting the region since the pre-historic period. At Me Cung itself, access to a magnificent inland lake will provide visitors with a glimpse of some beautiful limestone islands.

Meanwhile the Bai Tho (Poems) Mountain in the centre of Ha Long city will be developed as a museum focusing on the culture and history of the region.

A visitor centre will be built at the cost of more than $7 million in Ha Long city.

The centre will be the nucleus of the project, combining displays, performances and exhibitions with more bureaucratic affairs.

The provincial People’s Committee of Quang Ninh supports the proposal and has already committed over $3 million towards the construction of the Visitor Centre.

The Ha Long Bay ecomuseum will hopefully be built between 2003 and 2007.

It will be paid for by the Government, Quang Ninh and international donors.

The project aims to ensure sustainable tourism in the region and to help locals find work and make money.

The project is the first of its kind in the Southeast Asian region.

The success of the project will help preserve Ha Long Bay. It is also a reminder of today’s responsibility towards those of tomorrow.

Ha Long Bay has achieved UNESCO World Heritage Listing twice, once in 1994 for its outstanding natural beauty and again in 2000 for its unique geological and geomorphic value. — VNS

Reprinted with permission from VietNam News Agency.


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