Hue receives foreign aid for heritage preservation

Since its UNESCO recognition as a World Cultural Heritage site in 1993, the former imperial city of Hue has received nearly US$ 8 million from foreign governments and organisations to preserve its relics.

According to the Hue Relics Conservation Centre, the UNESCO international fund has granted US$ 29,930 to a Hue heritage preservation project in 2014-2015, while the US Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) donated US$ 729,084 to two projects on royal citadel restoration in 2013-2014.

Ngo Mon (Noon Gate) in Hue

Other aid providers include the Rhone Polenc Chemicals Co. of France (US$ 1 million) to preserve Hien Lam Pavilion and Royal Palace; Vietnam-France Codev Association (US$ 124,000); Japan Trust Fund (US$ 100,000); Lao Government; British Embassy; and 10 other UK firms.

Poland, Germany and Japan, and a number of international organisations sent experts and provided technical assistance to preserve cultural heritage in Hue. 

Hue Relics Conservation Centre Director Phan Thanh Hai said as many as 132 major works and items in the Hue heritage complex have been restored following its recognition.

Since January 2014, Hue city has welcomed more than 1.5 million tourists, generating revenue of over VND107 billion, up 10.5% compared to the same period last year, he reported.

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