The Republic of Korea has pledged a non-refundable official development assistance (ODA) aid package for the central province of Thua Thien-Hue to detail a planning scheme on the poetic Huong River, during a signing ceremony in Hue imperial city on February 28.

The 6 million USD project will be carried out within two and a half years by the Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) after the success of a similar project for Hue city.

The project aims to promote eco-friendly developments along the river and maximise local historical and cultural values in economic growth.

The Korean agency has helped Thu Thien- Hue province in economics, healthcare, cultural preservation and environmental protection.

Cutting through the city centre, Huong (Perfume) River is around 80km in length and owes its name to its path through aromatic forests. The river, with its shimmering blue colour, is like a pearl in the sun. Dotted with rowing boats, the citadel, gardens, pagodas, towers and temples, the poetic landscape has long mesmerised travellers.-VNA