The Complex of Hue Relics in the ancient capital will be open to visitors without admission charges from February 16 to 18 in celebration of the Lunar New Year.
The special promotion will apply to Vietnamese visitors only, while foreigners will pay the regular price for entrance tickets to the attractions, according to Phan Thanh Hai, director of the conservation center.
The Complex of Hue Relics includes historical and cultural sites constructed in Hue during the rule of the Nguyen Dynasty in Vietnam from the early 19th century to 20th century.
The complex was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993, while the Hue Citadel is listed among the 62 special-class national monuments of Vietnam.
According to Hai, the complex will be offering free admission to Vietnamese visitors during the first three days of the upcoming Lunar New Year, which falls on February 16-18 in the Gregorian calendar.
Though foreigners will not be to enjoy the perks, Hai said they should not miss a chance to visit the attractions during this festive occasion, as a range of special activities will occur to showcase how the royal families of Vietnam celebrated Tet.
These activities include changing ceremonies of the royal guards, dragon dance performances, royal games, calligraphy, royal court music, and traditional martial arts.
On Thursday, the 23rd day of the 12th month in the lunar calendar, cooking activities will be held outside the Hue Museum of Royal Fine Arts to celebrate the day when Vietnamese families honor the Kitchen God.
Tet, which falls on February 16 this year, is the biggest public holiday in Vietnam with celebrations starting at least a week in advance and lingering for another week after the date.
|Fire spurts from the dragon’s head on the Dragon Bridge in Da Nang City. Photo: Tuan Son / Tuoi Tre News|
In related news, the administration of Da Nang City, 100 kilometers south of Hue, has announced a slight adjustment to the schedule of the fire and water shows on the iconic Dragon Bridge during the upcoming festive occasion.
The modern bridge, which crosses the Han River and provides the shortest link from Da Nang International Airport to other main roads in the city, was designed and built in the shape of a dragon and ‘breathes’ fire and water every Saturday and Sunday night at 9:00 pm.
During Tet, the spectacular show will run for five consecutive nights from February 14 to 18.