Statue of Emperor Quang Trung unveiled in Hue

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A marble statue of Emperor Quang Trung (1752-1793), who vanquished Chinese invaders in the spring of 1789, was unveiled in the former imperial capital of Hue last week.

The 2.1-meter high statue was sculpted by artist Le Dinh Quy at a cost of VND19.8 billion (US$1 million).

Quang Trung, originally named Nguyen Hue, led the Tay Son Uprising in what is Binh Dinh Province today.

Under the leadership of Hue and his two brothers, peasants from central Vietnam overthrew the feudal lords who ruled over both the north and the south and implemented egalitarian reforms across a more unified Vietnam. The newly-crowned Emperor Quang Trung and his troops then subdued a Chinese invasion.

Behind the marble statue, a 60- meter relief depicts the Hue brothers’ Tay Son army.

The memorial site also includes temples dedicated to Emperor Quang Trung, Empress Le Ngoc Han and the mandarins of Tay Son Dynasty, as well as a museum displaying documents and artifacts from the Tay Son Upspring.

Reported by Minh Phuong

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