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Europe – Asia Center

Press release: Da Lat City Engages in Consultation with Ambassador Pham Sanh Chau to Discuss UNESCO Recognition Proposal

Viet Nam – May 15th, 2023

Brussels – Viet Nam 15th May 2023 – On behalf of the Europe – Asia Center, Ambassador Pham Sanh Chau has recently paid a visit to the Da Lat City authorities to deliberate on the proposal for designating Da Lat as a World cultural heritage site.

During the dialogue meeting, the People’s Committee of Da Lat City extended an invitation to Ambassador Pham Sanh Chau for facilitation and presented the proposal. Based on the advice of Ambassador Pham Sanh Chau, it is evident that Da Lat possesses the essential elements to become a future world heritage site, particularly fulfilling criterion (ii) for World Cultural Heritage: showcasing a significant exchange of human values across a specific cultural area or over time, pertaining to architecture, technology, monumental arts, town planning, or landscape design.

Dang Tri Dung, a member of the Provincial Standing Committee and Secretary of the Da Lat Committee expressed the aspiration of the People’s Committee of Da Lat City to expedite the project of transforming Da Lat into a world cultural heritage site. This endeavor aims to bring substantial benefits to the city itself and the nation of Vietnam.

Meeting Proposing UNESCO Recognition of Da Lat Heritage Site

To facilitate the recognition of Da Lat City as a World Heritage City, the People’s Committee of Lam Dong Province has entrusted the collaboration of the Da Lat City People’s Committee, the Department of Culture, Sports, and Tourism, as well as other relevant departments, agencies, and units, to conduct research, develop proposals, complete documentation, and handle necessary procedures.

The ultimate objective is to formally propose the recognition of Da Lat as a World Heritage City. Once the proposal is finalized, it will undergo thorough evaluation and resolution by the appropriate authorities, adhering to established regulations.

If successful, Da Lat will join the prestigious ranks of the nine UNESCO-recognized World Heritage Sites in Vietnam.

Exploring Architectural Landmarks that Contribute to Da Lat’s Cultural Heritage Status

About the Da Lat City

Da Lat is renowned for its rich biodiversity and abundant vegetation. Situated at an average altitude of 1,500 meters above sea level, the mild climate offers the perfect habitat for numerous endemic species of trees, flowers, and animals. Notably, Da Lat is celebrated for its exquisite and vibrant array of flowers, including roses, gerberas, hydrangeas, and lilies.

Da Lat proudly showcases a meticulously preserved urban structure that has evolved throughout the centuries. The city boasts a remarkable collection of unique architectural and urban heritage, contributing to its distinctive allure. Noteworthy among these are various religious landmarks that exhibit a fusion of Vietnamese and French architectural styles, such as Domaine de Marie Church, Bao Dai Palace, and Hospital de Sohier, among others.

Domaine de Marie Church in Dat Lat

These religious structures reflect the cultural and religious diversity of Da Lat, reminiscent of the picturesque city of Luang Prabang, renowned for its Buddhist temples and French colonial architecture.

The city’s landscape has been thoughtfully crafted, maintaining a harmonious interplay between human-made elements and the surrounding natural environment. Moreover, Da Lat holds significant historical and cultural importance, with dedicated efforts in place to conserve and further enhance its urban fabric.

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Matic Gajšek, Deputy director Europe – Asia Center


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