Old temple in Hue Royal Citadel rehabilitated

NDO/VNA - The rehabilitation of Trieu Mieu, one of the five important ancestral temples of the Nguyen Dynasty in central Hue city, has been completed.

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The restoration project cost over VND35.6 billion (US$1.6 million), US$700,000 of which was funded by the US Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP).

Beginning in June 2014, the restoration was carried out by the Vietnam Institute for Building Science and Technology along with artisans and skilled workers.

Trieu Mieu was the first temple built in the Hue Royal Citadel (1804). It worships Nguyen Kim – the ancestor of the nine Nguyen Lords and the succeeding Nguyen Emperors.

While it has seen some maintenance work over the last two decades, the last restoration effort was made over 30 years ago (from 1983 to 1985), leading to the serious degradation of the temple.

At the project inauguration ceremony on September 15, Phan Thanh Hai, Director of the Hue Monuments Conservation Centre, appreciated the AFCP’s assistance to the preservation of Trieu Mieu. The fund is also supporting the restoration of royal alters at the temple.

On the same day, the centre opened an exhibition themed “Hue: One destination – Five heritages”.

The display features items related to the Complex of Hue Monuments, Nha Nhac – Vietnamese court music, the woodblocks of the Nguyen Dynasty, the royal documents of the Nguyen Dynasty, and the royal literature on Hue royal architecture.

All of them received heritage status as approved by UNESCO.