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The handover ceremony of “Conservation and restoration of Phung Tien temple – Hue Imperial City” project

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1/8/2019 11:37:22 AM

On January 7th, 2019, Hue Monuments Conservation Center (HMCC) and the Society for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage, Germany (GEKE) co-organized the handover ceremony of the portals, front screen, rockery pool – Phung Tien Temple, Hue Imperial City. Attending the handover ceremony were Member of Central Executive Committee, Minister of Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism Nguyen Ngoc Thien; Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Vietnam H.E. Christian Berger, Vice Chairman of Thua Thien Hue Provincial People’s Council Nguyen Thi Ai Van; Vice Chairman of the Provincial People’s Committee Nguyen Dung.

Speaking at the ceremony, Mr. Phan Thanh Hai – Director of Hue Monuments Conservation Center kindly informed that the project was sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs – the Federal Republic of Germany and the reciprocal fund of Thua Thien Hue province. With the total budget of VND 4,3 billion, the project was officially deployed in Phung Tien Temple, Hue Imperial City from September 29th, 2017 to December 31st, 2018. During its first phase (29/9/2017- 29/10/2018), the project conserved and restored the portals, front screen and rockery pool of Phung Tien Temple, Hue Imperial City; provided intensive technical training for 07 trainees. The rockery pool and shallow pond were restored and renovated in its second phase (01/11-31/12/2018). This Feng-shui layout was completely recovered and renovated by applying safe waterproofing method without losing its original features.

Speaking at the ceremony, the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Vietnam H.E. Christian Berger extended his pleasure to observe the success of the project. The project mainly aimed to develop and apply new methods in conservation and restoration by using original design techniques of colored plasters and fresco painting. In addition to conservation and renovation, the project also provided extensive technical training for HMCC staff. On this basis, the Ambassador will propose the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Germany to sponsor next projects.

Vice Chairman of the Provincial People’s Committee Nguyen Dung emphasized that the project contributed to completing Hue Monuments Complex, attracting tourist, enhancing public awareness of heritage conservation and the concern of the Government as well as non-governmental organizations to Hue cultural heritage conservation. The project again showed the concern of local government, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Germany, the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Hanoi, German specialized organizations in conserving and promoting relic values of Hue ancient capital; proved the position and capacity of HMCC in international cooperation projects deployed in Hue. This also proved the sustainable cooperation relation between Vietnam and the Federal Republic of Germany in conserving cultural relics in Vietnam.

Phung Tien is one of the five temples under Nguyen dynasty. It was constructed in a large area under Emperor Minh Mang reign (1829). Phung Tien temple is the place where Emperors, Empresses of Nguyen dynasty (from Gia Long to Khai Dinh) and royal females attended offering ceremonies and workshipped the ancestors of Nguyen dynasty every day. Phung Tien temple consists of 5 parts namely main hall, the eastern and western minor-houses and the left and right house. The entrance to Phung Tien temple is a complex of gate, front screen, shallow pond, rockery pool, etc. Over 180 years, the Temple was renovated several times. In February 1947, Phung Tien temple was completely destroyed. Its wall, main gate, front screen, shallow pond – rockery pool, small gates to the North and back screen lost it original values. The fact that the temple was destroyed and abandoned for several years put the remaining construction in danger. Therefore, restoration methods are needed to conserve remaining traces as well as renovate its tangible and intangible values.