As many as 120 international and domestic scholars and cultural managers are gathering in central Khanh Hoa province for an international workshop protecting and promoting cultural values of Vietnam’s sea and islands.

Addressing the opening ceremony on January 5, Dang Thi Bich Lien, Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism, stressed that Vietnam has been investing in studying, preserving and promoting sea and island cultural values in a bid to utilise sea potential.

The two-day event, jointly held by the Vietnam National Institute of Arts and Culture Studies and the provincial People’s Committee, presented a number of reports featuring the sea and island culture of coastal localities in Vietnam.

Meanwhile, foreign participants shared experience on many issues with a view to applying and promoting cultural values of sea and islands in the country’s socio-economic development, especially in tourism.

Scholars from the Republic of Korea and Denmark shared their studies on the culture of Cat Ba island, Ha Long Bay and Ly Son island areas.

The workshop assessed that sea and island cultural values have contributed to safeguarding Vietnam’s sovereignty and sovereign right as well as to the country’s socio-economic development.-VNA