The Co Ha Garden, one of the most beautiful gardens in the royal citadel in Hue City, has just opened to visitors after a period of restoration.
A narrow path leads to garden
After being abandoned for a long time, Co Ha Garden has been restored, gaining nearly 600 precious bonsais collected from 56 bonsai artists. The restorers attempted recreated the original design of the garden from the Nguyen dynasty, including ponds, lawns and Han panels.
Doctor Phan Thanh Hai, Vice Director of the Hue Monuments Preservation Centre, said that the Royal Palace Gardens was a place for the accumulation of bonsais from all over Vietnam.
Hue has long been known and respected for the art of growing bonsai trees rare flowers.
Three nha Ruong (traditional wooden houses in Hue) have also been rebuilt and will serve exhibitions of videos about the palace and photos of the original grounds.
A Nha Ruong surrounded by lots of bonsais and flowers
“There are five gardens in the Royal Citadel and the 'Forbidden Citadel', including Thieu Phuong, Ngu Vien, Co Ha, Hau Ho and Truong Ninh. Altogether they occupy a total area of nearly 90,000 square metres, equivalent to one fourth of the old capital citadel,” Hai said.
The Hue Monuments Preservation Centre plans to develop Co Ha Garden as a tourist destination.
Some more photos of the garden:
Small lakes and ponds provide relaxing atmosphere
Bonsais adorn the pathways
Panels with poetry written in Han script