The overview of the symposium (Source:

The symposium aimed to emphasize the importance and significance of the preservation and promotion of the traditional Ao Dai in Hue, bringing Ao Dai closer to the community, and creating a premise for functional agencies to make profile for the recognition as national intangible cultural heritage; propose UNESCO’s recognition as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

Participants and researchers exchanged ideas on and discussed costume reforms by Lord Nguyen Phuc Khoat on the dress that eventually becomes a traditional one of Vietnam, as well as regulations by King Minh Mang on the popularisation of the costume.

They reached a consensus that historical events have proved Hue as both the cradle and the capital of the Ao Dai of Vietnam, a symbol of the country’s cultural identity.

In the future, Thua Thien Hue province will implement measures to encourage people to wear Ao Dai not only during ceremonial occasions but also in community activities, to enhance beauty for the land and people of Hue, creating an important basis for the formation and development of the Ao Dai and gradually becoming the national dress of the Vietnamese nation./.

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