|The Thai Hoa Palace in Thua Thien-Hue Province – PHOTO: VGP
Thai Hoa is the major palace of the former Hue Imperial Citadel, which was built by the Nguyen Dynasty (1802-1945). With the throne placed inside, Thai Hoa Palace is the coronation venue of 13 kings of the dynasty.
Vo Le Nhat, director of the Hue Monuments Preservation Center, said the tiles on the western roof of the palace have loosened due to the recent storms. The palace has also deteriorated over time and needs urgent renovation.
The last time the palace was repaired was in 2017.
The Government has also approved the second phase of a project to evacuate people from an area of the Hue Imperial Citadel relic site and renovate some areas on the site. The project requires VND2.06 trillion, which will come from the State budget.
Moreover, the Government has allowed Thua Thien-Hue Province to use money from lottery sales for the preservation of the Hue Imperial Citadel.
Recognized as a World Cultural Heritage site by UNESCO, the citadel is a huge complex, comprising three main components, namely Kinh Thanh Hue (Hue Capital Citadel), Hoang Thanh (Royal Citadel) and Tu Cam Thanh (Forbidden Citadel).
Construction of the Hue Imperial Citadel started in 1805 under the reign of King Gia Long and was completed in 1832 under King Minh Mang, on the northern bank of the Huong (Perfume) River.
The entire site consists of some 50 architectural constructions of different sizes and seven gates to facilitate the entrance and exit. It is also home to many giant green trees and small lakes.