The G Cham tower group, one of the eight tower groups within the UNESCO-recognised relic site in Duy Xuyen district, the central province of Quang Nam, has been upgraded over the past decade.

The progress was announced at a meeting in Quang Nam on December 16 to review the ten-year implementation of a project to preserve the My Son relic site funded by the Italian Government.

The 1,633,993 USD project, under the management of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), helped excavate more than 1,500 artefacts, built information boards and introduced publications on the relic site.

Under the project, professional officials and managers from central to grassroots levels have seen their capacity improve. Particularly, over 50 workers in localities received training in restoring relic sites.

Katherine Muller Marin, Chief Representative of the UNESCO Office in Hanoi, said the project mirrors the partnership between the Italian Government and Vietnam through the coordination of UNESCO, helping visitors understand more about the relic site.

Irina Bokova, UNESCO General Director, said during her visit to My Son last June, that the work manifests the commitments of local policymakers, heritage mangers, archaeologists, architects, restorers and workers.

It also mirrors Vietnam’s commitments to protecting and developing the diversity and beauty of its cultural heritage, she said.

The My Son relic site, which is considered one of the major Hinduism temple complexes in Southeast Asia, was recognised by UNESCO as part of the world cultural heritage in 1999.-VNA