Roman-Style Gladiator Arena Under Restoration in Hue

A Roman-style arena where elephants and tigers were likely once pitted against each other is being restored in the former imperial city of Hue. Under the Nguyen Dynasty, this Ho Quyen arena served as a place to train and entertain kings and mandarins. Authorities are hoping that restoring this relic cluster will preserve historic vestiges and create an attractive destination for tourists.

The Monuments Conservation Center team plans to virtual images of the battles that once took place here. The Ho Quyen arena in Truong Da village, Thuy Bieu ward, had degraded over time and was encroached on by people in the surrounding area over many years. The team in Vietnam is excited about planning cycling routes that stop off here and track through the stunningly peaceful Thuy Bieu village.

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