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.
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
Majesty: The former Imperial Palace at night. — VNS Photo Phước Bửu