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Locals to document life in shadow of Ho Dynasty Citadel

People living in the vicinity of the Ho Dynasty Citadel in the central province of Thanh Hoa will be given cameras to capture their daily lives around the UNESCO-recognised heritage site.

 The project, starting from June, uses a method called Photovoice, through which locals will record their daily lives, love of the local heritage and challenges in upholding the value of the site.

Initially, eight households residing in neighbouring Vinh Tien and Vinh Long communes will be equipped with cameras and photographic and filmmaking skills to express their own views.

The project will conclude in December this year with exhibitions of their works.

This is part of the “Revitalising World Heritage Site Museums in Cambodia, Laos and Viet Nam” project of UNESCO and the Japan Funds-in-Trust.

The Ho Dynasty Citadel was Viet Nam’s capital under the Ho Dynasty (1398-1407).

Located in Vinh Tien and Vinh Long communes in Vinh Loc district, the citadel measures 870m by 883m and was built within only three months, between January and March 1397. It is the only citadel built entirely of stone in Viet Nam and remained almost intact through the nation’s often turbulent history.

The ancient building is famous for being strategically located and easily defended. The citadel is protected by a mountain range to the north, while the Ma River runs to its west and the Buoi River to its south, creating a huge natural moat.

It was recognised as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in June 27, 2011.

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