Hue Imperial City: Information of Vietnam Royal Palace in Hue

Hue Imperial City: 580 × 620m Area surrounded by Wall, reserved for Kings and Royal Family with Living, Working and Worshiping Areas. Imperial City of Hue is located in the middle of Hue Citadel (Read More), and to protect the Forbidden City (Read More).

  • Location: Hue City, Thua Thien Hue Province, Vietnam
  • Opening Hours: Daily from 7.00AM - 5.30PM; Mon - Sun
  • Entrance Fee: 150k/Adult (Includes Citadel & Forbidden City)

Hue Imperial City

Map of Hue Imperial City: 1. Ngo Mon Gate (Noon Gate or South Gate) -  2. Ho Thai Dich (Thai Dich Lake) - 3. Trung Dao Bridge - 4. Dai Trieu Court Yard - 5. Thai Hoa Palace (Sumpreme Harmony Palace) - 6. Dai Cung Mon (Entrance of Fornidden City) - 7. Ta vu, Huu vu - 8. Dien Can Chanh (Can Chan Palace) -  8a. Võ Hiển Palace - 8b. Văn Minh Palace - 9a. Trinh Minh Palace - 9b. Quang Minh Palace - 10. Can Thanh Place - 11. Khon Thai Palace - 11a. Thuan Huy Institute 11b. Duong Tam Institute - 12. Kien Trung Palace - 13. Thai Binh Pavillion - 14. Vu Uyen Garden - 15. Co Ha Garden - 16. Interior Affairs - 17. Trieu Mieu - 18. Thai Mieu - 19. Truong Sanh Palace - 20. Dien Tho Palace - 21. Phung Tien Palace - 22. Hung Mieu Temple - 23. The Mieu Temple - 24. Nine Dynastic Urns - 25. Hien Lam Pavillion - 26. Hien Nhon Gate - 27. Hoa Binh Gate - 28. Chuong Duc Gate - 29. Ngu Tien Office - 30. Luc Vien - 31. Dien Minh Than.

Hue Imperial City is the rectangle ground, surrounded by the second wall with about 620mX580m, which protects the most important places of the royal court, living areas of royal family members, shrines areas of the Nguyen's ancestor and the Forbidden City.

Architecture of Hue Imperial City:

Hue Imperial City was built in 1804, but it was not until 1833 that Emperor Minh Mang completed the entire palace system with about 147 constructions. It has a square ground, about 600 meters each side, built of bricks, 4m high, 1m thick, surrounded by protective trenches, with 4 doors to access: The main door (south) is Ngo Mon (Noon Gate or South Gate), the east Hien Nhon gate, the West has Chuong Duc door, the West has Hoa Binh door. Bridges and lakes dug around the outside of the city are named Kim Thuy.

The Imperial Palace and the entire palace system are arranged on a symmetrical axis, in which the central axis is arranged works for kings only. The works on both sides are distributed strictly in each area, following the principle (from the inside out): "describing men and women", "describing martial arts". Even in shrines, there is an arrangement in the "left-right way" (left front, right after, respectively over time).

Although there are many large and small constructions built in the Hue Imperial City area, they are all set in the middle of nature with large and small lakes, gardens, stone bridges, islands and shady perennial trees. year round. Although the size of each building is different, but in general, the palaces here are made in the form of "coincidental sickle" (also known as "coincidence of snails" - the type of double-roofed house on one platform), on a high stone platform, Thanh stone pavement, Bat Trang tiled floor with blue or yellow glaze, the roof is also covered with a special type of glazed tubular tile often called Thanh Luu tile ( if it is green) or if it is yellow (if it is yellow). The columns are painted in a motif of long-van motif (dragon-cloud). The interior of the palace is often decorated in the most poetic style (a poem with a picture) with many poems in Chinese characters and wooden carvings on the subject of batu, or thematic. four times).

Areas inside the Imperial City of Hue:

-    Protection area: including outer wall, gate, lakes (moat), bridge and observatory.
-    Ceremony area, including the following works:

  • Ngo Mon (South Gate or Noon Gate), the main gate of Hue Imperial City - the place to organize the Ceremony of Binh Dinh, Truyen Lo ceremony (read the names of new graduates), the Ban Soc (New Year Calendar).
  • Thai Hoa Palace (Supreme Harmony Palace) - where celebrations of the Imperial Court twice a month (on the 1st and 15th of the lunar calendar), the Coronation ceremony, the Feast of the Feast of the Three Kingdoms ...

- Areas of shrines: arranged in the front, both sides of the vertical axis of the Imperial City in the order from the inside out including:

  • Trieu To Mieu is on the left to worship Nguyen Kim.
  • Thai To Mieu worshiped the Nguyen Lords (1558-1777).
  • Hung To Mieu is a temple to worship Nguyen Phuc Luan.
  • The To Mieu (Dynastic Temple) worshiped the Nguyen kings.

- The area for grandmother and mother (rear, right), including Truong Sanh palace system (for the Empress Dowager) and Dien Tho palace (for the Empress Dowager).

- The area for princes to study and entertain such as Co Ha garden, Kham Van palace ... (rear, left).

- There are also warehouses (the Interior Office) and royal factories (in front of the Co Ha garden).

- Forbidden Purple City: This area is located on the same north-south axis as the Imperial Citadel and the Imperial City, including a city wall surrounding the palace areas such as:

  • Can Chanh Palace (where the Emperors worked daily).
  • Can Thanh Palace (the residence of the Emperors).
  • Khon Thai Palace (the residence of Hoang Quy Phi).
  • Dien Kien Trung (used to be the residence of King Bao Dai and Queen Nam Phuong),
  • Reading houses (Royal Library) and other works to serve the daily needs of the king and his family members such as Thuong Thien Duong (where serving food), Duyet Thi Duong (royal theatre) ...

The monuments inside the Imperial City:

- Ngo Mon (Noon Gate or South Gate): Ngo Mon Gate is the southern main gate of the Imperial Citadel of Hue which was built in Minh Mang 14 (1834). Ngo Mon Gate is literally the Gate facing the Ngo, the largest of the four main gates of the Imperial City of Hue. From the etymological perspective, Ngo Mon means the gate facing the Sunrise, which is also to the South, according to Translations as the direction for the Lord.

- Thai Hoa Palace (Supreme Harmony Palace) and Dai Trieu Court Yard: Thai Hoa Palace is a palace located in the Imperial City area of Hue citadel. The palace, along with the Imperial Court, is the venue for important imperial court ceremonies such as: the coronation ceremony, the king's birthday, the official envoy reception and the court visits. held 2 times on the 1st and 15th of the lunar month. In feudal regimes this palace was considered the center of the country. Electricity was built in 1805 during the reign of Gia Long. In 1833, when Emperor Minh Mang reorganized the royal palace system, it allowed to move the power to the south and make it more massive and gorgeous.

- Dien Tho Palace (Cung Dien Tho): was originally named Truong Tho palace, other names were Tu Tho, Gia Tho and Ninh Tho; was built in 1803 to make a living place of Hoang Thai Hau of the Nguyen Dynasty.

- Truong Sanh Palace or Truong Sinh Place (also known as Truong Ninh Palce), was built in the first Minh Mang (1821) in the Northwest of the Imperial City with the original role as a garden, where the royal kings Nguyen invited his mother to visit the scenery. Later, the palace was converted into a living place for a number of empress queens and empress queens. In its most glorious period, the landscape architecture of the Sanh Truong Sanh Palace was ranked in the seventh rank by the Emperor Thieu Tri of the Royal Land.

- Hung To Mieu Temple: The area of shrines in Dai Noi is on the left of Ngo Mon Gate. Particularly, Thai Mieu and Trieu Mieu are outside this area and on the right of Ngo Mon.

Hung To Mieu, also known as Hung Mieu, is a temple dedicated to Gia Long's parents (Mr. Nguyen Phuc Luan (or Nguyen Phuc Con) and Mrs. Nguyen Thi Hoan), located in southwest of Hue Imperial City (about 50 meters from The Mieu. to the north).

- The To Mieu Temple: The To Mieu, often called The Mieu, is located in the southwest corner of Hue Imperial Citadel and is the place to worship the Nguyen kings. This is where the court comes to sacrifice the deceased kings, women in the court (including the queen) are not allowed to attend these ceremonies.

- Trieu To Mieu Temple: Trieu To Mieu, also known as Trieu Mieu, was built in the third Gia Long year (1804).This temple is located in the north of Thai Mieu in Hue Imperial Citadel, a shrine dedicated to Nguyen Kim, the father of Tien Nguyen Hoang.

- Thai To Mieu Temple: Thai To Mieu is also known as Thai Mieu is a temple to worship Nguyen Lords, from Nguyen Hoang to Nguyen Phuc Thuan. The temple was built in Gia Long 3 (1804) in the southeast corner of the Imperial Citadel, symmetrical to The To Mieu in the southwest.

- Hien Lam Cac (Hien Lam Pavillion): Hien Lam Cac was built in 1821 and completed in 1822 during the reign of King Minh Mang located in the temple area in Hue Imperial Citadel, 13m high and is the tallest building in the Imperial Citadel. This is considered a memorial to remember the merits of the Nguyen kings and the great ministers of the dynasty.

- The 9 Dynastic Urns: The Nine Urns of the Nguyen Dynasty are nine bronze Urns located in front of Hien Lam Pavillion, opposite to The Mieu, southwest of Hue Imperial City. All were cast in Hue at the end of 1835, completed in early 1837. Each Urn has its own name corresponding to an Emperor of the Nguyen Dynasty, they have different weight and the carvings outside are also different.

Names of the 9 Urns are: Cao Dinh, Nhan Dinh, Chuong Dinh, Anh Dinh, Nghi Dinh, Thuan Dinh, Tuyen Dinh, Du Dinh, and Huyen Dinh.

- Phung Tien Palace: Phung Tien Palace is a temple located near Chuong Duc estuary, in front of Dien Tho Palace, the western gate of Hue Imperial City built by King Gia Long and Minh Mang to worship Nguyen kings. Unlike The Mieu, this palace also worships the Nguyen kings and queens, but women in the court are allowed to come here to sacrifice. In addition, it is a place to store many treasures of many Nguyen kings. In February 1947, all electricity was burned, leaving only Tam Quan gate and the city walls still relatively intact.

Hue Imperial City is to protect the most important area of the whole country, where Kings, Queen, Wives - Concubines - Eunuchs of the Kings to live named Forbidden Purple City (Read More >>>). And This is protected by Hue Citadel (Read More >>>) outside.

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