The Hue Monuments Conservation Centre has begun restoration of the Tho Ninh Palace in the Forbidden City at a cost of 10 billion VND (487,000 USD).

The restoration involves the wooden portions, foundation, roof, wall enclosure, and exterior and interior decorations.

The palace, located in the north-west of the Forbidden City , was built in 1849 during the reign of King Tu Duc for the queen mothers, and last underwent renovation more than 80 years ago.

The restoration is expected to be completed by the third quarter of 2013./.