Restoration of two structures in Hue’s King Tu Duc tomb completed

VietNamNet Bridge – Restoration of Du Khiem pier and Xung Khiem floating pavilion in the ancient city, was completed after almost two years of restoration work.



Hue, King Tu Duc tomb, restoration

Xung Khiem floating pavilion (left) and Du Khiem pier (right), two unique structures of King Tu Duc’s tomb 

The restoration is part of a project launched in May 2013 with a total investment of VND 26 billion (US$1.2 million) by the Hue Relics Project Management Board to conserve the two structures and Khiem Cung Gate in the imperial tomb of King Tu Duc. The preservation of Khiem Cung Gate is expected to be completed at the end of this year.

According to Director of Hue Monuments Conservation Centre Phan Thanh Hai, Xung Khiem pavilion and Du Khiem pier, built in 1846, are unique and rare structures of King Tu Duc’s tomb and the Complex of Hue Monuments in general to be built on the water.

Xung Khiem floating pavilion was a place for the King to take a rest, and enjoy fresh air and arts performances while Du Khiem pier was a wharf where the King’s boat anchored during his visit to Luu Khiem lake.

The Hue Traditional and Royal Theatre of Arts will also stage performances at Xung Khiem pavilion from April 1onwards. Audiences will have a chance to enjoy Hue folk songs, some of them with lyrics composed by King Tu Duc, and readings of the King’s poems.

The restoration of the two structures helps to significantly improve services for tourists while bringing back the poetic beauty of King Tu Duc’s tomb, thus contributing to safeguarding and promoting the treasured value of the UNESCO-recognised Complex of Hue Monuments.

Covering around 12 hectares on Van Nien hill in Thuy Xuan ward, Hue City, King Tu Duc’s tomb was constructed between 1864 and 1867. The tomb is a typical example of the traditional royal mausoleums of the Nguyen dynasty and one of the most visited tourist attractions in the ancient capital.

Nhan Dan

Hue, King Tu Duc tomb, restoration
 
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