During the period 1992-2012, individuals and organisations from across
the world donated over 7 million USD to help preserve and restore
historical sites in the ancient imperial city of Hue.
According to Phan Thanh Hai, Director of the Hue Relics Preservation
Centre, in 1992, Japan’s Fund-in-Trust channelled 100,000 USD through
UNESCO to help Hue restore the Ngo Mon or Noon Gate.
The Japanese Government has also funded projects to preserve and
restore the Huu Tung Tu or King Minh Mang’s tomb and Nha Nhac Hue, the
unique sound of Hue’s Royal Court Music.
the Toyota Foundation in Japan has financed over 10 research
projects supporting the Hue Relics Preservation Centre, worth 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. Neighbouring 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