A budget of VND32.6 billion was agreed by Hue City to to preserve and develop garden houses in 2017-2020, heard a conference to review two years of the province’s resolution on garden houses protection.
Some garden houses in Hue and Phong Dien district are maintained and developed in last two year with the budget of VND7.3 billion. The city spended VND5.3 billion to restored five out of 14 houses, average VND600-750 million for each house.
Vice Standing Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Phan Ngoc Tho said the province will continue to disseminate the policy to maintain and develop the values of the garden houses, raising homeowners’ awareness of the work.
Along this plan, the city will create some unique tourism product which allow tourist to stay in traditional house and experience local customs of marriage, death anniversary and making foods in holidays.
A truly Hue’s style house has two distinct elements: a nha ruong (Hue-style wooden house with beams and pillars), and surrounding gardens. In both front and back of these are yards. In front of every yards is wall or rock to block evil spirits and bad luck. Between the wall and the front hallway lie pots of flowers, a fish tank or pond and bonsai trees.
The front yards will be connect with outside road by a walkway running from main door.
The second yard serves as space for house workers and kitchen. The house, front yard, back yard and entry way are in a shape that preserves a feng shui structure.
There are 4 gardens in the house. Two gardens on side of the house as fruits garden. Behind the backyard is a garden plot for herbs and vegetables. A small plot linked to front yard often has flowers.
At the end of the feudal era in 1945, Hue had 7,178 garden houses. But only 150 are still standing in their original shapes, according to a survey conducted by local authorities in the early 2000s.0