Hue kicks off restoration of ancient temple
Update: Feb 14, 2014
The Hue Monuments Conservation Centre started the restoration of the Ta Tung Tu (Left Temple)-The Mieu in the Hue Imperial Citadel on February 13.

The 11.5 billion VND (540,000 USD) project, implemented by the Vietnam Institute for Building Science and Technology’s (ISBT)’s central sub-institute, is expected to be completed within 12 months.

Director of the centre Phan Thanh Hai said recent scientific and technological advances in combination with original materials and traditional techniques will be applied in the restoration to properly preserve the relic’s intrinsic architectural, cultural, artistic and historical style.

Covering an area of over 210 sq.m, the temple was built in 1843, together with Huu Tung Tu (Right Temple), Sung An Palace, and Hien Duc Mon to worship King Minh Mang (1791-1841), his empress and other high ranking mandarins.

It was badly damaged by war, time and weather, Hai said, adding that the restoration will contribute to the preservation of the old imperial complex of Hue ancient capital.