Nearly 50 international organisations have joined hands to
promote and preserve the cultural heritage in the central city of Hue, after
UNESCO called for their support.
Poland was one of the first countries to send experts to restore The To Mieu
(Dynastic Temple) and Ta Vu Pavilion, which was used for administrative
functions and festivals, and sponsored the project with US$940,000.
The Japan Trust Fund has financed US$100,000 for the restoration of the Ngo Mon
(Noon Gate) and US$250,000 to preserve Nha Nhac, the unique Hue Royal Court
Other organisations from Germany and the Republic of Korea have also supported
various restoration projects, including the interior of Khai Tuong Lau-An Dinh
Palace, parts of King Tu Duc’s Tomb, Toi Linh Tu (Highest Celestial) Temple, the
Phu Noi Vu (Royal Treasury), the Imperial City and the Ta Vu.
The National Center for Korean Traditional Performing Arts presented the Center
for the Preservation of Hue Relics (CPHR) a bien chung (set of 12 small bronze
bells) and bien khanh (sets of 12 small musical stones), which were used in the
Hue Royal Court during the Le Dynasty (1427-1788) and Nguyen Dynasty
CPHR Director Phan Thanh Hai said the centre will continue working closely this
year with its traditional partners such as the Republic of Korea, Japan,
Germany, the US, Poland and Luxembourg, to further restore Hue's tangible and
intangible cultural heritage.
By the end of this year, the CPHR aims to complete the first phase of the
restoration of King Dong Khanh's Tomb, as well as, Ta Tung Tu (King Minh Mang’s
Tomb) and the Thai Binh Lau Palace.
It will continue to invest in other relics and submit its research on the Nguyen
dynasty cuisine and literature related to these Hue sites to UNESCO for World
Memorial Heritage recognition in the 2012-2013 period.