One of Hue’s most prominent tourism attractions has reopened to tourists after being closed for the last four years while it underwent a USD$1.2-million restoration.
Long An Palace in the Hue Royal Citadel is one of the city’s cultural jewels and was used by kings as a place of rest after ceremonies. It contains wooden panels bearing 35 poems and essays written by King Thieu Tri who ordered the construction of the palace in 1845.
The Hue Museum of Royal Fine Arts, within the palace, contains a fascinating collection of artifacts made of wood, gold, pottery, ivory, bronze and stone, as well as ancient coins and royal seals. We haven’t yet seen the newly reopened palace, so we’ll looking forward to reports from our travellers.
When I was there last year, I was impressed by the careful and systematic re-building taking place within the Royal Citadel. Hue is an essential stop off in my book in any holiday to Vietnam.