The people of Duong Lam Ancient Village in Son Tay District, Ha Noi, recently triggered public debate when they asked for the town's national heritage listing to be removed.
The villagers said they had been suffering because authorities told them not to modernise, rebuild or repair their houses. This was despite the fact that the houses are old and dilapidated, or simply need to be enlarged to accommodate crowded families. The villagers said they wanted to live like normal villages and be left alone.
What do you think of the villagers' protest? As a tourist, are you interested in visiting ancient villages like Duong Lam? If you have been there, do you think the locals have done a good job in preserving the site?
From your own country's experience, what have you done to effectively preserve heritage sites without detracting from the lives of people living in them?
What can be done to help authorities and people reach an agreement regarding site preservation for mutual benefit?
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