Nine kilometers from the Hue Citadel by road toward the source of the Perfume River, Hon Chen temple – Temple of the Jade Cup has long been dedicated to the Goddess Po Nagar of Champa, and later to the Goddess Thien Y A Na of Vietnam. Date of construction of the temple was before the year 1555. […]

Emperor Dong Khanh was born in 1864, crowned in 1886 and breathed his last only 3 years later in 1889 at the age of 25. He was also Emperor Tu Duc’s nephew and foster-son. Since the reign of Dong Khanh, in other words, after the fall of the Hue city (5 July 1885), Vietnam completely […]

Besides simplicity in architecture, Duc Duc Tomb also has the following characteristics. It is: –         The tomb of an Emperor who reigned for only 3 days before his being dethroned and jailed to death by the Court. –         The nearest tomb to the Hue citadel (8 Duy Tan St.). –         The tomb compound containing two others of Emperor Thanh Thai […]

Minh Mang tomb Zenith of the Nguyen Dynasty was reached during the reign of Emperor Minh Mang (1820-1840). Minh Mang tomb was built 12km from Hue city in four years (1840-1843) by some 10,000 soldiers and workers. The tomb consists of about 40 monuments of various dimensions. All lie within a wall, oval in shape and 2,000 […]

Emperor Khai Dinh (1885 – 1925) ruled the country for 9 years from 1916 to 1925. His tomb, however, was built within 11 years, from 1920 to 1931, much longer than his reign. Under Khai Dinh, Western culture vigorously infiltrated into Vietnam. Khai Dinh himself made a tour to France in 1922. As a result, in […]

Hue city has seven tombs of seven Emperors of the Nguyen Dynasty, planned and constructed in the hilly region southwest of the Citadel, Hue Royal tomb – namely: Gia Long, Minh Mang, Thieu Tri, Tu Duc, Duc Duc, Dong Khanh and Khai Dinh. They have in common the following features: –         The construction was started almost during […]

Born in 1829 and died in 1883, Tu Duc had reigned for over 35 years since 1848, longest among rulers of the Nguyen Dynasty. Tu Duc tomb, with some 50 constructions surrounded by a 1,500 m long wall, was built during 1864-1867. Emperor Tu Duc was expert at philosophy, Oriental history and particularly literature (he left […]

Thien mu pagoda – Pagoda Of The Heavenly Lady The name, Thien Mu pagoda,takes its source from a legend. It was told that long ago, there appeared an old woman every night on the hill where the pagoda stands today. She told local people that a Lord would come and build a Buddhist pagoda for […]

Situated on the front of the Hue Imperial City, the Noon Gate was constructed in 1833 and reserved for the Emperor. It was also used as a tribune for Court regular and irregular festive occasions such as the Calendar Distribution Ceremony, Proclamation Ceremony of successful candidates in national examinations, Troops Parade, etc. To fulfill these two […]

Within the Hue Citadel, the Great Enclosure, which consists of the Imperial City Hue and the Forbidden Purple City, was constructed in 1804 and completed in 1833. With an area of some 40square hectares, the Great Enclosure once had about 100 monuments of various types grouped in following principal quarters: Quarter of Noon Gate and Palace of […]