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Free entry to Hue imperial relics during Tet

Released at: 08:03, 04/02/2019

Free entry to Hue imperial relics during Tet

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Visitors to Hue during Lunar New Year holiday can enjoy free entry to imperial relic sites and a range of spring activities.

by Le Diem

The Hue Monuments Conservation Center has announced free entry to the imperial relics during the first three days of Tet - February 5 to 7.

Visitors can also enjoy a re-enactment of ancient court ceremonies, performances of “nha nhac cung dinh Hue” (traditional palace music from Hue) and other music, as well as artistic performances.

Other special traditional Tet activities include wrapping “Chung” traditional cakes, calligraphy, dragon and lion dances, martial arts, and folk games.

The Complex of Hue Monuments was built by the Nguyen Dynasty from 1805 to 1945 and is one of many relics in the former imperial capital. The massive complex features hundreds of monuments and ruins, such as the Forbidden Purple City, once the residence of the royal family and badly damaged during the American War, the Imperial City, royal tombs, a flag tower, pagodas, temples, a library, and a museum. The complex was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993, while the Hue Citadel is listed among special-class national monuments.

The imperial relics welcomed more than 3.5 million visitors last year, with 2.2 million being foreigners, according to the Thua Thien Hue Department of Tourism.

This year, the center is working to develop cultural heritage tourism and will stage frequent cultural and art performances. It has conducted 24 restoration projects with total investment exceeding VND278.8 billion ($11.9 million).

Along with tours themed “Hue - One Destination, Five World Heritages”, the province will also relaunch night tours to Dai Noi (Royal Palace), build a brand for Hue cuisine, and bolster tourism promotion to draw more visitors to the imperial city.

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