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Hue's Tu Duc Tomb Is Now Preserved Digitally in Google Arts and Culture

Open Heritage 3D aims to provide open access to digital preservation data of world heritage sites.

Tu Duc Tomb inside The Complex of Hue Monuments is the first Vietnamese historical site that gets documented by the team behind Open Heritage 3D. A digital scan, alongside photos and a concise introduction to the site, is displayed on the Google Arts and Culture platform, which can be accessed here.

The Open Heritage 3D project is established through the collaboration of Historic Environment Scotland, the University of South Florida Libraries and non-profit organization CyArk, which provides 3D documentation of historical sites. CyArk started documenting and collecting visual data of prioritized areas in the Hue complex in June 2018 with support from the Hue Monuments Conservation Centre (HMCC).

Among the selected sites are Hoa Khiem Temple, Tu Duc Tomb Stele Building, Tu Duc Queen’s tomb and the nearby An Dinh Palace. At the time of writing, the CyArk team is working on data collection for An Dinh Palace.

Using laser scanning and drone cameras, the documentation produces spatial data of the site's interior, exterior and aerial views as well as high-resolution images that can be processed into 3D models. The data set yielded from the project is available online for free download, making the initiative a valuable resources for education, research, preservation and community works especially when cities are changing at a breakneck pace. 

Have a look at the 3D model of Tu Duc Tomb Stele Building below: 

[Photo via VietnamNet]


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