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ĐÁP ÁN THI IELTS NGÀY 27-07-2013 Written by Pham Thi Le Na Timing: 10 Minutes Word count: 385 OLD BUILDINGS SHOULD BE DEMOLISHED? Whether governments should demolish old houses to widen roads and build new ones remains controversial. Some people think that this trend is possible to open new economic opportunities while others claim that old houses need to be preserved thanks to their precious historical value. I partly agree with the statement for the following reasons. First, the appearance of old houses magnetizes flocks of tourists. With ancient houses symbolizing historical heritage of nations, visitors from all walks of life desire to set foot here to dig deeper and admire their beauty. Ancient streets in Hanoi or Hoi An are telling examples of places attracting thousands of tourists annually and generating a huge amount of profit. Nevertheless, it can hardly be denied that not all old houses are of such economic value like that. In reality, due to weathering, these houses become derelict, cramp and extremely dirty, which endangers people's lives in neighborhood. Reports indicate that there have been people dying because of sudden collapse of old houses, especially in unpredictable weather condition. Second, young generation need to witness old houses to be reminded of their glorious past history and unparalleled architectural styles by predecessors. In times of globalization where the young are often misled and affected by external cultures, the existence and restoration of ancient houses is crucial to cultivate in them patriotism for nations and effort to build their countries. To some, being thrown in the hustle and bustle of big cities, they find old houses as an ideal escape and meditate themselves under the shadow of the serene and peaceful past. However, with regard to growing population, particularly, in inner cities, it is essential for governments to widen roads and construct skyscrapers. Old houses, despite their undeniable beauty, hardly...
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