Tourists and service providers can start planning for the 2020 summer as the festival is set to take place in the former imperial capital from April 1-6, nearly a month earlier than its previous editions.
Since Hue Festival 2020 will mark 20 years since its inception, artists from 20 countries in the world will be invited to perform at the event, making it a biggest gala to date.
The participating countries have chosen from five continents: South Korea, China, Israel, Singapore and the Philippines (Asia); France, Belgium, Russia, England, Italy, Denmark and Hungary (Europe); the U.S., Colombia, Mexico, Haiti, Cuba and Chile (Americas); Australia (Oceania); and Egypt (Africa).
Hue Festival 2020 will include street carnivals, ao dai (Vietnam’s traditional dress) shows, international food festivals and many art performances.
The event will be a good opportunity for international visitors to see how the heritage town has come a long way from being the imperial capital of Vietnam’s last ruling dynasty (1802-1945) to a rising tourism star in the central region, Hue officials said.
Hue, the capital of Thue Thien-Hue Province, stands out from other parts of the country with its Imperial Citadel and royal tombs.
Thue Thien-Hue, in central Vietnam, received more than 4.3 million visitors last year, an increase of 14 percent over the same period in 2017. The number included 2.2 million foreigners.
Visitors from South Korea made up the largest group, accounting for a third of the total foreign visitors.
Hue from above: Bird view of Vietnam’s former capital Hue under the Nguyen Dynasty
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