Hue makes a cover-up call

THUA THIEN-HUE, 30 June 2017: Hue has issued strict regulations on what to wear when visiting monuments in an attempt to ensure visitors respect the heritage reflected in the palaces of the former Nguyen Dynasty.

Local media reported that the Hue Monuments Conservation Centre, a group of local authorities that manages monuments in and around the former imperial capital, issued new regulations that tighten the dress code for visitors at historic monuments linked to the Nguyen Dynasty ( 1802 to 1945).

Effective 1 July, visitors must cover up to gain entrance to former palaces and temples where kings and their ancestors are worshipped.

Banned clothing include shorts, revealing skirts, tank-tops and singlets.

The centre will provide a clothing rental service for visitors who are not dressed appropriately, but wish to enter the buildings. Signposts depicting  banned clothing, or the lack of it, have been erected at the entrances to all sites.

Travel agencies, nationwide, have been informed in advance and asked to inform their clients.

The province capital city Hue is best known for its ruined Imperial City that is now a World Heritage site.

The central Thua Thien-Hue province welcomed approximately 1.5 million visitors in the first five months of the year, raking in more than USD60 million.

This year, the province targets 3.3 to 3.5 million tourists, of which foreign visitors account for 40% to 45%.