Preserving the village culture in new rural development

(VOVworld) – Culture is one of the many key elements of the national program on new rural development as the program’s ultimate goal is to improve people’s physical and spiritual living conditions. Achieving the national targets of new rural development while preserving the beautiful traditional village culture will require much effort from local authorities nationwide.

The 19 criteria for new rural development contains important rules for developing culture, protecting the environment, and building a civilized rural lifestyle, in addition to upgrading rural infrastructure, and enhancing production efficiency. Many localities have acknowledged the importance of cultural preservation in new rural development and paid much attention to this task. The ancient village of Phu Luu in Bac Ninh province is one example.
Visiting Phu Luu village today, one can see the harmonious combination of modern and traditional architecture. The village’s many pagodas, temples, and festivals have been kept intact. While some roads have been upgraded and paved with concrete, many of the old roads paved with green stone have been kept the same because local people want to preserve the village’s image and culture.
Local resident Nguyen Van Dan said: "Some young local people suggested paving all the roads with concrete, which they think is modern and clean. But we did not agree. We want to keep the village’s old roads paved with green stone. This is one of the village’s unique beauty."

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Phu Luu village's old roads paved with stone. Photo: internet

Many villages in Vietnam maintain the traditions passed down by their predecessors including community solidarity, and patriotism. In the past few years, a Fatherland Front campaign to encourage people to build a civilized lifestyle has gotten a wide response and has been integrated with the national program of new rural development.
Nguyen Quoc Khanh, a new rural development consultant from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, told VOV: "We now have more specific rules concerning cultural preservation and development. The culture sector has set certain criteria for localities to keep their surroundings nice and clean and encourage people to lead a civilized lifestyle. Many localities have paid much attention to the development of a cultural environment in residential areas, and to interactions between people, and between people and the environment."

New rural development that includes cultural preservation is the ultimate aim of the national program.