The lights go on at Huế’s Imperial Palace


Update: April, 22/2017 – 08:15
Duty: The royal guards’ patrol. — VNS Photo Nguyễn Văn Sum
Viet Nam News

THỪA THIÊN – HUẾ — The former Imperial Palace in Huế will be lit up every night thanks to a light system installed by the Huế Monuments Conservation Centre, the local government body that manages the monuments.

According to centre director Phan Thanh Hải, the lighting of the monument is part of a programme to welcome visitors to the former palace in the evening. Since it first opened to tourists in the 1990s, the UNESCO-recognised site has received visitors only in the daytime. During the night, the palace has remained closed.

With this programme, which starts today, visitors will get an opportunity to enjoy the royal architecture and landscape in all its glory away from the scorching heat of the day. Moreover, the illuminated monument appears even more impressive in the dark.

Performances include the royal guards’ patrol, ca Huế singing and the enactment of plays that were once performed for kings for those who get entrance tickets to go inside. — VNS

National treasure: Ngũ Phụng Pavilion at night. — VNS Photo Nguyễn Văn Sum
March to the beat: The royal music troupe accompanies the guards. — VNS Photo Phước Bửu
Tradition: Ca Huế singing during the night programme. — VNS Photo Phước Bửu
Light it up: Ngọ Môn under illuminating lights. — VNS Photo Nguyễn Văn Sum
Majesty: The former Imperial Palace at night. — VNS Photo Phước Bửu
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About Trần Đình Hoành

I am an attorney in the Washington DC area, with a Doctor of Law in the US, attended the master program at the National School of Administration of Việt Nam, and graduated from Sài Gòn University Law School. I aso studied philosophy at the School of Letters in Sài Gòn. I have worked as an anti-trust attorney for Federal Trade Commission and a litigator for a fortune-100 telecom company in Washington DC. I have taught law courses for legal professionals in Việt Nam and still counsel VN government agencies on legal matters. I have founded and managed businesses for me and my family, both law and non-law. I have published many articles on national newspapers and radio stations in Việt Nam. In 1989 I was one of the founding members of US-VN Trade Council, working to re-establish US-VN relationship. Since the early 90's, I have established and managed VNFORUM and VNBIZ forum on VN-related matters; these forums are the subject of a PhD thesis by Dr. Caroline Valverde at UC-Berkeley and her book Transnationalizing Viet Nam. I translate poetry and my translation of "A Request at Đồng Lộc Cemetery" is now engraved on a stone memorial at Đồng Lộc National Shrine in VN. I study and teach the Bible and Buddhism. In 2009 I founded and still manage on positive thinking and two other blogs on Buddhism. In 2015 a group of friends and I founded website CVD - Conversations on Vietnam Development ( I study the art of leadership with many friends who are religious, business and government leaders from many countries. In October 2011 Phu Nu Publishing House in Hanoi published my book "Positive Thinking to Change Your Life", in Vietnamese (TƯ DUY TÍCH CỰC Thay Đổi Cuộc Sống). In December 2013 Phu Nu Publishing House published my book "10 Core Values for Success". I practice Jiu Jitsu and Tai Chi for health, and play guitar as a hobby, usually accompanying my wife Trần Lê Túy Phượng, aka singer Linh Phượng.

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