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Last week students taking the UNESCO World Heritage Course attended a field trip to one of the most accessible World Heritage sites to our campus – the Thang Long Imperial Citadel. Expert guide Linda Mazur accompanied the group who have been learning about the UNESCO criteria through case studies of sites located in Vietnam. One of the goals of the course is to think critically about how sustainable development practices are impacting UNESCO sites in Vietnam and around the world, and how we can help preserve places of universal value.
Here's what students had to say about their visit:
"I overall enjoyed the field trip to the Citadel. The most interesting part for me was that Vietnam can remove some of the architecture on the site, for example, the French building that they want to remove. Another interesting thing I learned was that a World Heritage Sites can become a non-Heritage site if it becomes too damaged." (Hari Jang, G9)
"What I found most interesting about the visit on Wednesday was the underground bunker where the army would go during the American war to communicate (kind of like a radio station) with all the other parts of the country. I thought that it was quite interesting to hear about how the French changed a lot of the Citadel. I think that it is crazy how they found so many pieces of art (sculpture) in such great condition!" (Eva Lecourtois-Lafleur, G10)