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Vietnam’s Thua Thien- Hue offers free admission to Complex of Hue Monuments on Feb 10-12

Vietnam’s Thua Thien- Hue offers free admission to Complex of Hue Monuments on Feb 10-12

Tuesday, February 06, 2024, 11:23 GMT+7
Vietnam’s Thua Thien- Hue offers free admission to Complex of Hue Monuments on Feb 10-12
The restoration of Kien Trung Palace in Thua Thien-Hue Province, central Vietnam has been completed. Photo: Nhat Linh / Tuoi Tre

Visitors to the UNESCO-recognized Complex of Hue Monuments in Thua Thien-Hue Province, central Vietnam will be exempted from entrance fees on the first three days of the next lunar year, or from February 10 to 12, the Hue Monuments Conservation Center announced on Monday.

During this period, visitors can tour the Hue Imperial City, the tombs of kings from the Nguyen Dynasty (1802-1945), and the Hue Museum of Royal Antiquities without incurring any charges.

They can also visit Thai Hoa and Kien Trung Palaces after the relics were closed for restoration for several years.

Thai Hoa Palace, part of the Hue Imperial City in Thua Thien-Hue Province. Photo: Nhat Linh / Tuoi Tre

Thai Hoa Palace, part of the Hue Imperial City in Thua Thien-Hue Province, central Vietnam. Photo: Nhat Linh / Tuoi Tre

Thai Hoa Palace, built in 1805 during the reign of Emperor Gia Long (1802-1820), was the most important palace of the Nguyen Dynasty where the throne was placed.

The palace served as a venue for important imperial events such as coronation ceremonies, emperors' birthdays, and diplomatic events.

Following historic ups and downs, Thai Hoa Palace suffered severe deterioration. Therefore, the government funded the rehabilitation of the historic relic in 2021.

After three years, the restoration work is now over 70 percent complete.

The work will continue after Tet and is expected to be completed by 2025.

Inside Thai Hoa Palace, which will be reopened to visitors during Tet after three years of restoration. Photo: Nhat Linh / Tuoi Tre

Inside Thai Hoa Palace, which will be reopened to visitors during Tet after three years of restoration. Photo: Nhat Linh / Tuoi Tre

Meanwhile, Kien Trung Palace was built in 1921-23, during the reign of Emperor Khai Dinh (1916-25). It was the home and workplace of both Emperor Khai Dinh and Emperor Bao Dai, the last emperors of the Nguyen Dynasty.

It combines Vietnamese traditional, French, and Italian architectural styles.

The palace was completely destroyed by war in 1947.

In 2019, the Hue Monuments Conservation Center initiated the palace restoration project at a cost of over VND123 billion (US$5 million).

A throne at Thai Hoa Palace in Thua Thien-Hue Province. Photo: Nhat Linh / Tuoi Tre

A throne at Thai Hoa Palace in Thua Thien-Hue Province, central Vietnam. Photo: Nhat Linh / Tuoi Tre

The backyard of Thai Hoa Palace in Thua Thien-Hue Province. Photo: Nhat Linh / Tuoi Tre

The backyard of Thai Hoa Palace in Thua Thien-Hue Province, central Vietnam. Photo: Nhat Linh / Tuoi Tre

An employee of the Hue Monuments Conservation Center tides up Kien Trung Palace in Thua Thien-Hue Province. Photo: Nhat Linh / Tuoi Tre

An employee of the Hue Monuments Conservation Center tidies up Kien Trung Palace in Thua Thien-Hue Province, central Vietnam. Photo: Nhat Linh / Tuoi Tre

A corner of Kien Trung Palace in Thua Thien-Hue Province. Photo: Nhat Linh / Tuoi Tre

A corner of Kien Trung Palace in Thua Thien-Hue Province, central Vietnam. Photo: Nhat Linh / Tuoi Tre

Inside Kien Trung Palace in Thua Thien-Hue Province. Photo: Thuy Giang / Tuoi Tre

Inside Kien Trung Palace in Thua Thien-Hue Province, central Vietnam. Photo: Thuy Giang / Tuoi Tre

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