Vietnam to demolish 19 lakeside homes violating heritage law

By Khanh Huong   November 12, 2018 | 04:23 am PT
Vietnam to demolish 19 lakeside homes violating heritage law
The 19 resort houses next to Tuyen Lam Lake, Lam Dong Province. Photo by VnExpress/Khanh Huong
Nineteen resort houses standing next to the picturesque Tuyen Lam Lake will be demolished for violating national heritage laws.

A decision to this effect was announced Monday by the administration of the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong, where the lake is located.

The houses were built under a resort and ecotourism project by the HCMC-based Ly Khuong Investment Corporation. Each house, made of wood, stands on a 24 square meters plot. The 19 houses used up 456 square meters of land in total.

According to authorities, the houses were built less than 30 meters away from the edge of the Tuyen Lam Lake, encroaching the legally decreed protective area around it.

The Ly Khuong Corporation has been ordered to demolish the houses and restore the area to its former state.

The Tuyen Lam Lake, 7 kilometers away from the province’s famous Da Lat City, is approximately 320-hectares wide. The lake was recognized as one of Vietnam’s national heritages in 1998.

Given various nicknames like Little Paris, the city of eternal spring, the city of flowers and the city of love, Da Lat has gained popularity both as a romantic place for honeymoon couples and an oasis of coolness.

The city situated 1,500 meters above sea level, has repeatedly garnered global attention. The New York Times named Da Lat among the world’s 52 must-visit places in 2016 while TripAdvisor readers ranked it in the top 10 list of rising destinations in Asia.

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