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Monday, November 19, 2012

Renovations begin in Hue

The province’s People Committee gave a green light on a three-year project to renovate Ngo Mon, an iconic gate of the former royal city of Hue.

According to the committee, the project aims to prevent water seepage through the foundations and to preserve the upper pavilion, known as Lau Ngu Phung (Pavilion of Five Phoenixes).

The first stage of the project, to begin in 2013, will cost US$2.1 million and is scheduled to be completed in three years. The second stage will be carried out after 2015. Total investment for the two stages will amount to nearly US$4.8 million.

Hue kingdom

As an important part of the Hue Imperial Citadel, which has been an UNESCO World Heritage site since 1993, Ngo Mon is a huge U-shaped edifice consisting of a brick and stone foundation and a wooden pavilion with terracotta tiles.

Built in 1837, under the reign of Emperor Minh Mang (1820 to 1840), of the Nguyen Dynasty (1802 to 1945), the structure was seriously damaged during wars with the France and United States. It has undergone several restorations, the latest of which was carried out between 1991 and 1992 funded by the Japanese government. There are five entrances to the citadel, the main one being Ngo Mon. Located in front of the throne palace and facing the flag tower, Ngo Mon serves as the main entrance to the old Imperial City of Hue. Two side entrances, the left and right gates, were for civil and military mandarins. Inside the structure are two more gates used by soldiers, elephants and horses joining royal processions.

The renovation process in Hue will boost the tourism sector in this peaceful city. Check out some stunning Hue city tours to fully see the positive changes here, and contact us for further information.

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