The Hue Monuments Conservation Centre coordinated with the Vietnam Institute for Building Science and Technology on March 1 began the restoration of an observatory vestige at Hue ancient capital complex.

The 11 billion VND (500,000 USD) project, expected to be completed in July, 2014 is part of a programme to recover relics in Hue Imperial Citadel that commenced in June, 2011.

The ancient observatory, called Dong Khuyet Dai, located in the East of the Citadel. It was one of four observatories that served as an observation and defence post during the Nguyen Dynasty. However, the vestige deteriorated over time.-VNA