Photo credit: Vietnam News Agency
Nguyen Thanh Tung set up a mini ancient and royal version of Vietnam’s former citadel in Ho Chi Minh City outskirts to honor his birthplace.
The garden, called Ngu Lam Vien, includes a miniature Perfume river, mountains, a royal citadel, a mini-Thien My pagoda and a series of royal tombs--all constructed in a 1/700 scale replica of the citadel in Hue.
Tung, 43, spent the first five years of his life in Hue and built the 1,000 square meter garden on Hoang Huu Nam Street in District 9, around 500 meters from the famous Suoi Tien theme park, using his own savings.
He hired nearly 20 people to mix the gravel and cement needed for the project.
The work finished after five years in 2007 and has since drawn hundreds of thousands of visitors, including Hue-born celebrities.
As the garden is open to the public, a large number of students have come there to do research on Hue’s culture and history.
Nguyen Minh Dang, a student from Ho Chi Minh City University of Social Sciences and Humanities, said he has never been to Hue but the garden has offered him quite an overview.
Cultural researchers have praised the project for bringing back constructions that were destroyed in wars.