Hue's An Dinh Palace to get tourism services

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The An Dinh Palace in Vietnam's former imperial capital of Hue will be transformed with new tourism services next year.

According to Phan Thanh Hai, director of the Hue Heritage Preservation Center, the La Residence Hotel has surveyed the sight and approved plans for high-end tourism facilities at the former imperial palace.

The tourism package will open Khai Tuong Lau, the major area and chief architectural draw of An Dinh palace, for tourists to view the living place of Emperor Bao Dai's family. Service will give the tourists a chance to observe the daily royal lifestyle of the emperor as well as his wife, mother and children. Some valuable antique items from the Hue Royal Antiquities Museum will be exhibited in the restored space.

Parts of the palace will also be transformed into space for cultural exhibitions recalling the history of Hue. Antique collectors and fine art collectors, as well as photographers, will be invited to exhibit in the spaces. The hope is to attract the local community, especially students.

The An Dinh Palace is a typical Nguyen Dynasty residence built in the early 20th century. The palace, located on the bank of the An Cuu River and outside Hue's major citadel, was used by Emperor Khai Dinh before it was conferred on Vinh Thuy Crown Prince who then became Bao Dai, the last king of the Nguyen Dynasty as well as Vietnam's feudal system.

The place was also where Bao Dai and his family lived after 1945. After 1975, it was donated to the revolutionary government.

In recent years, the lack of preservation has seen the palace fall into disrepair.

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