Hue ancient city becomes a spotlight on Vietnam’s tourism map hinh anh 1At Hue Imperial Citadel (Photo: VNA)

Thua Thien-Hue – A great cultural heritage, the ancient capital of Hue in the central
province of Thua Thien-Hue has become an attractive destination on Vietnam’s
tourism map after its odyssey through difficulties.

Nearly three decades since its recognition as a World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO in 1993, the Complex of Hue Monuments have passed the stage of emergency rescue and is transitioning to the one of stability and sustainable development.

The Hue
Monuments Conservation Centre is building a master plan on the preservation and
upholding of the Complex
of Hue Monuments’ values till
2030 with a vision to 2045 to fully realise the values of tangible and intangible
heritages, thus laying a legal foundation to tap and uphold cultural heritages
which are to become the “nucleus” of Thua Thien-Hue heritage urban area in the
future.

The Nguyen
Dynasty (1802-1945) was the last feudal rule of Vietnam that left the capital
of Hue with rich tangible and intangible cultural heritages of outstanding
universal value.

Hallmarks of heritage
revival

According
to researchers, among the ancient capitals of Vietnam, Hue is the only to keep the overall
artistic architecture of the Royal Palace intact, which consists of citadels,
palaces, temples and mausoleums.

Through
wars and severe climate conditions in the central, the complex was devastated.

The
centre is holding photos of the relic taken decades ago, with many areas
becoming ruins.

Director
of the centre Hoang Viet Trung said together with heavy consequences of the wars and difficult circumstances of the country during the first period of
liberation, the relic management and preservation work faced difficulties due to
limited technological capacity and investment.

After
visiting Hue in 1981, UNESCO Director General Amadou Mahtar M’Bow appealed to
save Hue cultural heritages.

He
stressed that Hue heritages are in danger and on the edge of the abyss of doom and
oblivion. Only the attempt of the Vietnamese Government together with the international
community could help them out of this reality.

Following
the appeal, an
international campaign to support Hue was widely deployed. In mid-1982, the
Hue Cultural and Historical Relic Management Company was established, then
renamed the Hue Monuments Conservation Centre.

Over the past near three decades, some 200 works and items have been restored
and upgraded. Provincial authorities have also relocated over 1,800
households out of relic protection areas.

Entering a new period

The
establishment of the Hue Monument Preservation Fund is expected to raise funds from not only from the State budget but also organisations and individuals.

The province
is also issuing lottery to pool resources for preservation.

In the near
future, the centre will restore a number of key works in the Citadel.

Hue ancient city becomes a spotlight on Vietnam’s tourism map hinh anh 2At hot-air balloon festival in Hue (Photo: VNA)

Recently, the Ministry of Culture of France provided a non-refundable aid worth over 840 million VND (nearly 36,000 USD) to restore
the roof of Khai Tuong Lau (Khai Tuong Tower) at An Dinh Palace in the complex.


The project aims to repair roof leaks, and
minimise the risk of damage to other parts of the building, contributing to
returning the inherent beauty of the palace and promoting the overall value of
An Dinh Palace relic.  


The centre will be responsible for implementing
the work.

Trung said it
requires thorough preparation to build a record of restoration project,
including studying materials and collecting feedback from experts and scientists.
Therefore, a roadmap and plan are needed to ensure space for visitors.

The centre also
pays special attention to the preservation and upholding of intangible cultural
values of the Nguyen dynasty.

It conducted a
number of scientific studies to revive important royal rituals such as
sacrifice ceremony to Heaven, Xa Tac ritual ceremony as well as festivals like
Legend of Huong River, Palace Night, and others.

All have become attractive tourism products and
highlights in Hue festivals, contributing to spreading heritage value in the contemporary life./.