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Huế moves historical museum to new spot

Update: May, 11/2020 - 18:14


Planes on display at the Huế Historical Museum. The museum with 33,000 items and objects was moved to a new location.  Photo courtesy of Huế Newspaper

THỪA THIÊN-HUẾ — The removal of 33,000 items and objects at the Huế Historical Museum has begun recently, in preparation for the site's new location on Điện Biên Phủ street.

The province said in a statement last Wednesday that the museum had been temporarily located on August 23 Street in the inner zone of the former Imperial City at the Huế Monument Complex for 44 years.

The province decided to move it to a new place at 268 Điện Biên Phủ street to improve the displays and better serve tourists.

A fund of VNĐ14 billion (US$600,000) has been allocated for upgrading the museum.

Some heavy exhibits including six destroyed tanks, six pieces of artillery and four planes – all used during the American War – will be moved to the new location.

According to the province, many exhibits including cannons left from King Minh Mạng (1825) have been degraded due to poor protection after being displayed outdoors.

The museum was established in 1976.

A photo of Bao Vinh old township taken from the Hương River. The central Thừa Thiên-Huế Province will restore the old houses in the area. Photo courtesy Huế Newspaper

In related to preservation, the province plans to repaint 54 old houses in the Bao Vinh ancient township in Hương Trà Town.

It said VNĐ10 billion ($435,000) will be used to cover costs for redecorating the old houses.

A group of volunteers raised the idea of repainting the old houses in 2016, and the project was started on seven houses along the street.

Bao Vinh street, situated on the Hương River bank, has lured young visitors with its ancient architecture. Some directors had come to the site to film the tranquil scenery and lifestyle of the community 3km from Huế City.

The restoration work will include preserve the old wharf, infrastructure and old houses for tourism. — VNS

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