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Tu Duc Tomb introduced globally on Google Arts & Culture Platform

The tomb of King Tu Duc of the Nguyen Dynasty in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue has been digitally recorded on the Google Arts & Culture Platform to be promoted worldwide, making it the first heritage of Vietnam to be added to Google’s collection.

Built in 1864, the Tomb of Tu Duc in the Complex of Hue Monuments is the eternal resting place of King Tu Duc (1829-1883). It is a typical example of traditional Hue architecture and one of the most important sites in the ancient capital, which has been recognised by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage site.

The digitisation of the tomb was carried out under a project launched in summer 2018 by the Hue Monuments Conservation Centre and two US firms - CyArk and Seagate Technology.

The tomb is among the 30 latest heritage sites from 13 countries around the world to be included on the Google Arts & Culture platform and its Open Heritage Gateway, together with the temple of Apollo in Greece, the Thomas Jefferson Memorial in the US, and the Mexico City Metropolitan Cathedral in Mexico, among others.

CyArk launched Open Heritage on Google Arts & Culture last year as a dedicated portal for digitising iconic monuments and amazing places worldwide that have been damaged by war and modern development

It allows the public to get open access to the world’s largest 3D cultural heritage datasets.

The 3D model of Tu Duc Tomb can be viewed at: