Long An Palace, also known as the Hue Museum of Royal Antiques, has reopened after more than three years of renovation.
THUA THIEN-HUE –
Emperor Thieu Tri of the Nguyen Dynasty built the palace in 1845. It served as his sepulchre until 1885. It became the library of the National University of Hue in 1908 and later a museum exhibiting valuable royal items from Emperor Khai Dinh's time to date.
Housing over 10,000 historical artefacts, the palace is not only one of the oldest museums in the country, but also one of the most outstanding in terms of architecture.
Over time, severe climate change did much to degrade the wooden structure. As a result, the Hue Monuments Conservation Centre, in co-operation with the Institute for Building Science and Technology, kicked off a conservation project in 2008.
Tickets to Long An Palace, open from 7am to 17pm Tuesday to Sunday every week, are currently US$2 per head. – VNS