Relics of 1,000-year-old temple architecture found

The Southern Institute of Social Sciences’ Centre for Archeological Studies has recently discovered vestiges of an ancient temple architecture dating back to over 1,000 years ago at Ben Dinh historical and cultural relic site in Ben Cau district, the southwestern province of Tay Ninh.
February 24, 2020 | 12:14
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At the site in Tay Ninh (Photo: VNA)

After excavating six holes at the core of the relic site, archeologists found traces of long house, daily life, broken ceramics and refined brick pieces, and other items with exquisite patterns, which are believed to date back to the 8th-9th century in the post-Oc Eo period.

An official of the provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism described the work as a special ancient architecture that holds significance to archeological studies.

The southern province of Tay Ninh will splash out more than 440 billion VND (18.9 million USD) to restore local relic sites from 2019-2020 with a vision to 2025.

The money is being sourced from the local budget and various social sources.

Under the project, the province will strive to complete repair work on 22 historical relic sites in dire need of restoration, including the base of the Office of the Party Central Committee in South Vietnam, Bau Rong base, An Thoi tunnel, Binh Thanh ancient tower, and Hiep Ninh communal house, among others.

Restoration will also begin on 25 other sites from 2021-2025, including the memorial site dedicated to heroic martyr Duong Minh Chau, Loi Thuan tunnel, and Rung Nhum base.

Tay Ninh province is home to 90 relic sites, including one special national site, 25 national sites, and 64 provincial-level sites.

In the past time, the province has mobilised billions of VND to renovate its sites. Heavy investments have been made to promote the preservation of historical sites together with tourism development. Notable projects include the Ba Den (Black Lady) Mountain historical, cultural and tourism relic site, the Junction City Victory historical relic site, Loi Thuan tunnel, and Hiep Ninh communal house.

However, due to limited capital, restoration work has not been carried out comprehensively across the province./.

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