Hue royal citadel

Nine Holy Cannons

Nine Holy Cannons

The cannons have never been used for military purposes and just play a symbolic role as guardian spirits for the Citadel.These nine holy cannons are housed in two buildings beside the The Nhan and Quang Duc Miradors in the Citadel of Hue. These nine holy cannons are housed in two buildings beside the The Nhan […] Read more >>
The Royal Theater

The Royal Theater

The Royal Theater was the oldest of Vietnamese traditional stage that remained. It was closed after the end of the monarchy (8th, Jan 1945). It was large, rectangular-shaped with curved eaves, similar to those of Hue pagodas and communal houses. Located in the east of the Quang Minh Palace (Palace of Brightness) in the Forbidden […] Read more >>
Thai Binh Lau – The Royal Reading room

Thai Binh Lau - The Royal Reading room

The royal Library is  elaborately decorated with ceramic mosaics, faces a square-shaped pond with a lovely rock-garden. It is the pavilion where the Emperor came for reading and resting. Thai Binh Lau(The Royal Reading room) was first built by the Emperor Thieu Tri between 1841 and 1847. It was the only building to survive the […] Read more >>
Hien Lam Pavilion

Hien Lam Pavilion

Hien Lam Pavilion is a memorial pavilion built to remind younger generations of the merits and ,contributions of members of the Nguyen Dynasty. Like the Nguyen Kings who were worshipped in The Mieu, other memorable people and mandarins were worshipped in the two halls located on either side of Hien Lam Pavilion. Hien Lam Pavilion […] Read more >>
The Mieu and Hung Mieu Compound

The Mieu and Hung Mieu Compound

The To Mieu, where the Nguyen Emperors are honored, and Hung To Mieu is  built to enshrine the memory of Emperor Gia Long’s parents. The large, ornate gate across from the Dien Tho building exits the compound; turn right and follow the road for about 240 feet, then turn right at the corner and walk […] Read more >>
Dien Tho Palace

Dien Tho Palace

From the grassy field that used to be the Emperors’ private quarters, turn to the southwest and you’ll find a  long, roofed corridor, that leads to a compound housing the Queen Mother’s mansion: the Dien Tho Residence. The Dien Tho Residence has several important buildings within its walls: the Dien Tho Palace, the Phuoc Tho […] Read more >>
Mandarin’s Buildings

Mandarin’s Buildings

Immediately behind the Thai Hoa Palace, visitors can walk past a giant replica of the Emperor’s Great Seal, and enter the plaza flanked by two Mandarin’s Buildings. These buildings were annexed to the Throne Palace; they served as administrative offices for the cream of the Imperial civil service, and preparation areas for important meetings with […] Read more >>
Thai Hoa palace (Palace of Supreme Harmony)

Thai Hoa palace (Palace of Supreme Harmony)

Thai Hoa palace was the nerve center for the Emperor’s court during its heyday. Built in 1805 by Emperor Gia Long, Thai Hoa palace was first used in 1806 for the emperor’s coronation. Directly in line with the Ngo Mon Gate along the Hue Citadel’s central axis, Thai Hoa palace can be reached after walking […] Read more >>
Ngo Mon gate in  Hue Royal citadel

Ngo Mon gate in Hue Royal citadel

Ngo Mon Gate has a few interesting architectural components, each one playing an important part in court ceremonial. During the reign of the Nguyen Kings, Ngo Mon was only opened when the kings were passing by or receiving foreign ambassadors. The Ngo Mon Gate is a massive structure in front of the Hue Citadel that […] Read more >>
Hue Forbidden citadel overview

Hue Forbidden citadel overview

Forbidden citadel was reserved for the private use of kings and their families. This area was an important component of the Hue Imperial City. Forbidden citadel was reserved for the private use of kings and their families. This area was an important component of the Hue Imperial City, which included several palaces: Can Chanh Palace […] Read more >>
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