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Hue to be expanded five-fold

Released at: 08:58, 02/10/2019

Hue to be expanded five-fold

Photo: Viet Tuan

Former imperial capital to expand towards coast and along Perfume River.

by Le Diem

Authorities in the central province of Thua Thien Hue have approved the city of Hue’s urban development plan towards 2030 and local adjustments to the city’s general planning towards 2030, with a vision to 2050.

Hue will be expanded towards the sea and along the Huong (Perfume) River in the 2025-2030 period, increasing five-fold to 348.54 sq km from the current 70.76 sq km, including the existing area of the city and Huong Thuy and Huong Tra towns and parts of Phu Vang district.

The An Duong new urban area in Phu Vang district will become the central urban zone and there will be four sub-urban areas: Huong Thuy, Huong Tra, Thuan An, and Binh Dien. Infrastructure and many roads will be built inside the urban area.

Vietnam’s imperial capital from 1802 to 1945, Hue is one of the smallest cities in the country. Its current area is too small and its population density is 5,029 people per sq km compared to the regulated level of 2,000 people.

One of the leading tourism destinations in the country, the number of visitors to Hue has been increasing in recent years, which has added pressure on local infrastructure in the city center, which is overloaded and far from meeting the requirements of urbanization.

The expansion is therefore necessary to develop the former capital into a centrally-governed heritage urban city with a diversified terrain of seas, mountains, rivers and lagoons, according to Mr. Phan Ngoc Tho, Chairman of the Thua Thien Hue Provincial People’s Committee.

The expansion is also expected to help promote heritage and culture tourism as well as ecological services in green sustainable development that targets tourism as the economic spearhead.

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