QUẢNG NAM A project to renovate the tomb of a 17th-century royal concubine has begun in Duy Xuyen District, the central province of Quảng Nam.
The project to renovate the tomb of Đoan Quý Phi (1601 – 1661), the chief concubine of Lord Nguyễn Phuc Lan (1601-1648), who ruled south Viet Nam (1635-1648) from the city of Phu Xuan (modern-day Huế). The project aims to celebrate the 360th anniversary of the concubine’s death.
The project, set to cost VNĐ15 billion (US$647,000), includes an entrance gate, parking lot, main tomb, garden, lotus lake and the surrounding landscape with a total area of 38,000sq.m.
The tomb site, which was recognised as the national relic site in August 2011, has been upgraded three times in 1806, 1814 and 1992.
The present area is seriously downgraded, with no entrance to the tomb and a damaged surrounding concrete fence.
Đoan Quý Phi, whose real name was Đoan Thị Ngọc, was an official concubine of Lord Nguyễn Phuc Lan, and mother of Lord Nguyễn Phuc Tần. Lord Nguyễn Phuc Tần (1620-1687) ruled the south of Viet Nam between 1648 and 1687. After her death, Đoan Quý Phi was awarded the title Queen Hiếu Chieu.
When she was alive, she encouraged people to plant mulberry and raise silkworms to weave silk. People nicknamed her 'Goddess of Silkworms'. VNS
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