Wed, 24 Sep 2014. Last updated Tue, 05 May 2015 11:45
Recently, the UNESCO International Fund has sponsored a program named “Improving the management capacity of Hue Heritage” over the period 2014 – 2015 with a total amount of $ 29,930. United States Department of State (Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation – AFCP), through the United State Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City has sponsored 2 projects of “Conservation and Restoration of altars in Hue Imperial Citadel” in the period 2013 – 2014 and “Conservation and Renovation of Trieu To Shrine” with a total of nearly $ 730,000.
Several other organizations such as Rhone Polenc Chemical Company in France has implemented maintenance and consulted techniques against termite for relics in Hue Citadel with a total investment of $ 1 million. French government and corporations in France have entrusted to Vietnam France Codev Association to contribute $ 124,000 to restoration and renovation of Duyet Thi Duong Theater (Royal Theater). Japan Trust Fund, through UNESCO, has invested $ 100,000 to restore Ngo Mon Gate. Government of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic has contributed 400 cubic meters of ironwood, equal to $ 200,000 to restore Hue relics. British Embassy and 10 British companies in Vietnam have donated $ 35,000 for preservation of 3 Emperor’s altars of Ham Nghi, Thanh Thai, and Duy Tan.
In addition to material support, a large number of foreign organizations and individuals have sent experts to Hue city to participate in monument restoration. Poland has sent experts of Polish Culture Preservation Enterprise (PKZ) to help Center for Preservation of Hue relics in handling anti-termite and conserving The To Shrine, with a total amount of $ 900,000. Japan’s Toyota Foundation has funded more than 10 scientific researches related to Hue Citadel conservation at a cost of $ 100,000. Mr. Phan Thanh Hai, Director of the Center for Preservation of Hue relics, said that since recognized as World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO, plenty of relics and monuments in Hue Citadel have been funded for restoration and conservation. To now, there are 132 buildings and relics having been renovated, including Ngo Mon Gate, Thai Hoa Palace, Hien Lam Pavilion, Dien Tho Palace, Royal Theater, sectors for worship shrines of King, Truong Sanh Palace, corridors in Forbidden Citadel, Sung An Palace, Tombs of King Minh Mang, Tu Duc, and Khai Dinh, Thien Mu Temple, and An Dinh Palace. The majority of relics are urgently preserved by measures of anti-crash, anti-termite, anti-erosion, reinforcement and replacement of damaged parts.
These projects have brought Hue relics from emergency situation to stage of value promotion and conservation. Since the beginning of the year, Hue Citadel has welcomed 1.5 million tourists. The revenue from entrance ticket sales has reached approximately $ 5 million, increasing 10.5 % compared to that of the same period last year.