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Do you want a trade centre near Hoan Kiem Lake?

Update: March, 29/2013 - 11:16

A plan to build an eight-story building with offices, a shopping centre and a hotel at the corner of Tran Nguyen Han and Ly Thai To streets near Ha Noi's central Hoan Kiem (Returned Sword) Lake has been given the go-ahead by the municipal People's Committee.

Some have raised worries that the building could affect the view of the millennium-old lake, which sits at the heart of the capital, because of its height and modern design. But Government officials said the project had been carefully planned so it would not affect the area's landscape.

What do you think about this plan? Would you prefer for the cultural areas surrounding Hoan Kiem Lake to contain predominantly historic buildings? Or do you want more modern facilities, such as this projected centre?

Does your own country have strict regulations about building near cultural and historic sites? If so, what are they?

Please reply by email to:, or by fax to (84-4) 3 933 2311. Letters can be sent to The Editor, Viet Nam News, 11 Tran Hung Dao Street, Ha Noi. Replies to next week's questions must be received by Thursday morning, April 4, 2013. VNS

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