Restoration begins on Vietnam royal library

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The central city of Hue's Relic Preservation Center has launched a project to restore a 19th century royal library.
The project is expected to cost VND24.8 billion (US$1.17 million) and continue until May 2017, the center said in a statement reported by Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper.
The Tang Tho (Document Store) was built out of bricks and stone in 1825 by King Minh Mang’s court on an islet linked to the shore by a brick bridge.
It housed books and documents for the Nguyen Dynasty (1802-1945)-- Vietnam’s last ruling family.
Lead tablets were housed beneath the second floor for soundproofing purposes. Sulfur powder was scattered to keep away termites.
The two-story, 600 square meter building has been damaged over time and many documents have been lost.
Phan Thanh Hai, director of Hue Relic Preservation Center, said the project will strengthen the building and turn it back into a library that will house valuable documents about Hue's culture and history, especially regarding the Nguyen dynasty.
The center is also preparing a project to restore the lake, Hai said.

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