An exhibition introducing the cultural significance of village temples in the northern delta region will be held in Hanoi from December 6-19.
The event will showcase interesting examples of local architectural and sculptural works as well as historical documents and photos of village temples in remote northern localities.
Visitors to the exhibition will have the opportunity to experience the authentic atmosphere of rural temples and enjoy traditional ceremonial singing called Ca Tru, which has been recognized by UNESCO as an intangible cultural heritage.
Leading experts in the fields of fine arts, history, culture and archaeology have been invited to give a seminar on the importance of preserving cultural heritage and provide constructive advice on how to uphold cultural values.
Every village in the countryside has its own temple that can be transformed into a venue for religious rituals and ceremonies during traditional festivals. For centuries, the village temple has functioned as both a communal house and a place of worship, dedicated to village founders and other notables perceived as the source of all wisdom.
More recently, the need to preserve the traditional values of village temples has become apparent, due to the increasing threat of rapid development and urbanisation processes.