GCRA holds seminar on belief establishments and practices in Vietnam


Chairman of the Government Committee for Religious Affairs (GCRA) Vũ Hoài Bắc chaired on January 05 a seminar on categories and activities of belief establishments in Vietnam.

At the seminar

Joining the event included Vice Chairman of the GCRA Nguyễn Ánh Chức, a large number of researchers from Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences, Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Politics, Hanoi National University, Vietnam National Institute of Culture and Arts Studies, Institute of Monuments Conservation, and representatives from relating state governance sectors.

According to Chairman Vũ Hoài Bắc, the country currently has over 50,000 establishments of a diverse belief life containing rich tangible and intangible values, in which many belief establishments have been recognized as relics. The conservation and restoration of old belief establishments and building new ones have been bustling in the last 30 years along with vibrant practices at those belief establishments posing new challenges for the state governance.

Chairman Vũ Hoài Bắc speaks at the event

The seminar drawing nine presentations and 14 papers sent to the GCRA focused on key issues on definition, characteristics, and classification of belief establishments; tangible and intangible values of belief establishments, and the functions and roles of belief establishments in social life; current operation of belief establishments; the state policies and laws relating to belief establishments; and issues and suggestions relating to state governance of belief establishments.  

Assoc. Prof. Nguyễn Thị Yên, Director of Center for Research and Preservation of Vietnamese Culture and Belief raises comment on characteristics and roles of belief establishments of Viet people in North region

Dr. Mai Thị Hạnh from Hanoi National University comments on practices at belief establishments in last 20 years

Dr. Nguyễn Hữu Thụ, Deputy Director of Center for Contemporary Religious Studies under University of Social Sciences and Humanities presents current practices of home-based belief establishments

Deputy Director of Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism’s Department of Grassroots Culture Lương Đức Thắng raises comments on state management on belief practices, establishments, and festivals

Dr. Nguyễn Ngọc Mai from Institute of Religious Studies under Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences speaks about historical, cultural and artistic values of belief establishments

Dr. Tạ Quốc Khánh from Institute for Monuments Conservation proposes measures for preserving and renovating belief establishments recognized as relics