Individuals and organisations from across the world have donated over US$7 million between 1992-2012 to help preserve and restore historical sites in the former imperial city of Hue.
According to Phan Thanh Hai, Director of the Hue Relics Preservation Centre, in 1992, Japan’s Fund-in-Trust channelled US$100,000 through UNESCO to restore the Ngo Mon (Noon Gate), part of the Hue Royal Relic complex.
The Japanese Government has also funded projects to preserve the King Minh Mang’s tomb and Nha Nhac Hue, the unique sound of Hue’s Royal Court Music.
Since 1993, Japan’s Toyota Foundation has financed over 10 research projects supporting the Hue Relics Preservation Centre, worth US$100,000.
The Japan Foundation, Waseda University, the Japan International Cooperation Agency and UNESCO’s Asia-Pacific Cultural Centre have also played a substantial role in these efforts.
During the reviewed period, overseas specialists from countries including Poland and Germany have been dispatched to the imperial capital city. Laos also sent 400 cubic metres of the original kind of hardwood to use in the preservation work.
Other supportive organisations include the Fulbright Program and the Ford Foundation from the US, the French Group Rhone Polenc and the Korea Foundation.