Sitting on the North bank of Perfume River and overlooking the South is Kinh Thanh Hue (or Hue Citadel), which has a unique combination of western architecture and an oriental rampart structure. Built under Emperors Gia Long and Minh Mang, though the citadel has witnessed the 2-century ups and downs of history, its 140 structures still preserve almost exactly like the originals.
The Hue citadel comprises three layers of ramparts: Kinh Thanh (Hue Capital Citadel), Hoang Thanh (Royal Citadel) and lastly Tu Cam Thanh (Forbidden Citadel). If you want to get inside the inner relics, you need to circle about to cross through the three layers. In the Royal Citadel, there are more than 100 fascinating architectural works which are divided into numerous subsections, as follows:
Hue Citadel (by Tran Bao Hoa)
The Ngo Mon Gate and the Thai Hoa Palace were used for organizing various grand ceremonies.
Trieu Mieu, Thai Mieu, Hung Mieu, The Mieu and Phung Tien temples are for dedicating to the shrines of Nguyen Dynasty’s Kings.
The portion with the internal affairs office contains a storehouse for precious items and a workshop for manufacturing various useful articles.
The Kham Van Palace and Co Ha Garden are used to be the places for princess studying and relaxing.
Going through the Royal Citadel, you can reach the Forbidden Citadel – the place for kings and their family only – which includes about 50 structures of stunning beauty.
Furthermore, fascinating Hue tours cannot be perfect without a visit to the Museum of Royal Antiques, where hundreds of rare antiques from the Nguyen Dynasty are well-displayed; including the commissioned Porcelain used in daily royal meals and parties, silverware, Bronze Artifacts, Phap Lam enamel, wooden furniture, and royal ornamentation of silver and gold, and painted glass. Particularly, the Royal Antiques Museum can help you imagine about the royal life during the Nguyen Dynasty.
Museum of Royal Antiques
(Source: Travellive Magazine
Edited by: Cityinsight.vn)