German expert helps restore Toi Linh Tu Temple in Hue

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An inauguration ceremony for the newly restored Toi Linh Tu Temple inside the Hue Imperial Citadel was held July 20 in the central province of Thua Thien - Hue.

The one-year restoration project, co-funded by Germany's Federal Foreign Office (US$111,111) and the province ($9,227), was carried out by German expert Andreas Teufel of the German Conservation Restoration & Education Projects (GCREP) and six local trainees.

Toi Linh Tu is a modest bricked structure that combines Nguyen Dynasty architecture with European influences.

It has four altars and lacquered and gilded as well as ceramic mosaic decorations. The Friday ceremony also awarded certificates to the six trainees, including artisans and students of Hue University of Arts, for undergoing training in restoration.

Previously, Andreas Teufel, manager of GCREP, and other experts had restored An Dinh Palace, Tu Duc Tomb and Tran Dang Village Core in projects sponsored by the German government.

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After the temple, Germany will provide US$169,789 to restore interior decorations of the Ta Vu Pavilion from October 2012 to October 2013 and to hold classes for local painters and young artisans in restoring artistic works to European and world standards.

The project will include an exhibition on the history of the Nguyen Dynasty in collaboration with the Hue Royal Antiquities Museum.

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