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Exploring restored palace in Imperial Citadel

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Located in the historic Imperial Citadel of Hue, Kien Trung Palace stands as a testament to the grandeur of Vietnam’s imperial past. Constructed between 1921 and 1923 under the reign of King Khai Dinh, this opulent residence served as the monarch’s primary abode. Remarkably, Kien Trung Palace exhibits a captivating fusion of French, Italian, and traditional Vietnamese architectural elements, showcasing the cultural influences of its era.

Tragically, the ravages of war took their toll on this architectural marvel in 1947, leaving only remnants of its once-striking facade. Despite the devastation, the foundations and railings endured, bearing witness to the palace’s former glory.

The Hue Monuments Conservation Center embarked on a comprehensive restoration and enhancement project for Kien Trung Palace in 2019. After five years, this regal edifice now stands proudly restored, poised to enchant visitors with its historical significance and architectural splendor.

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