Partly-collapsed historic pavilion repaired in central Vietnam

By Bui Ngoc Long, Thanh Nien News

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Phu Van Lau (Pavilion of Edicts), which was built in 1819, has had its ruined part fixed. Photo: Bui Ngoc Long
A nearly 200-year-old royal building located in a UNESCO world heritage complex in the central city of Hue was restored after partly collapsing at the end of May.
Phan Thanh Hai, director of Hue Monuments Conservation Center, told Thanh Nien that they have restored the roof of the Phu Van Lau (The Pavilion of Edicts) and restored wooden beams and joints weakened by wood-boring beetles.
He said his center is drafting a plan to restore the whole structure.
If the plan is approved by local relevant agencies, the restoration will commence next year.
The collapse occurred on May 26 and was believed to have been caused by a woodworm infestation.
Located along the main axis of the Hue Imperial Citadel, Phu Van Lau was built in 1819 as a venue to post up Nguyen kings' edicts.
It has undergone 10 repairs -- the latest of which were undertaken in 1993-1995.
The two-floor building is 11.7 meters high with four roofs and 16 columns.
The Phu Van Lau has been featured on the back of the Vietnamese 50,000-dong note since 2003.

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