Hué in time

Hué in time

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What´s left of the Old Hué gives a vague idea of how the Citadel and Imperial City looked like during the times of the Nguyen dynasty. Was the city as enchanting as its remains are striking with their absence? What was the ideal of beauty? Who were the artists? Which details are authentic and what is much later translation of former splendor?
Presuming that I´m not the only person interested, adding the great outreach of internet, the blog may be a platform for us who want to know more and who have something to tell about the city of Hué. In time.

The To Mieu Temple

Imperial Hué, lower South WestPosted by Krystyna Kierebinski Sun, November 11, 2012 21:00:08


The To Mieu
is dedicated to the Nguyen emperors ruling from the Hué´s Purple City. Gia Long and his successors have their altars here.

The building looks rather humble, without elaborated decorations. Its facade consists of quite impressive number of door-sections divided by pillars.

The size of yard in front of the temple gives an idea about the extent of ceremonies which took place here.

The building is quite long... photo: Krystyna Kierebinski, March 2012

Inside each altar is dedicated to the specific emperor starting from the left with the Emperor Gia Long.

Interior of the The To Mieu temple, photo: Krystyna Kierebinski, March 2012

On every altar the photo of the emperor in question is displayed

Altar dedicated to the Emperor Gia Long, photo: Krystyna Kierebinski, March 2012



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The Bell and the Drum

Imperial Hué, lower South WestPosted by Krystyna Kierebinski Sun, November 11, 2012 20:01:04
The yard in front of the The Mieu temple is from the south limited by the wall diversified by the big Hien Lam pavilion in the middle and two smaller constructions on either side of it. These are the bell- and the drum-towers. Both instruments were and are the obligatory elements of the religious ceremonies.

The bell-tower by the The Mieu yard, photo: Krystyna Kierebinski, March 2012



The drum-tower by the The Mieu yard, photo: Krystyna Kierebinski, March 2012

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The Nine Brons Urns

Imperial Hué, lower South WestPosted by Krystyna Kierebinski Sun, November 11, 2012 00:10:28


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Hiem Lam Cac

Imperial Hué, lower South WestPosted by Krystyna Kierebinski Sun, November 11, 2012 00:06:07

Hiem Lam is a walking-trough pavillon.

Pavillon´s northern facade. Photo: Krystyna Kierebinski, March 2012



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Temples of secondary worship

Imperial Hué, lower South WestPosted by Krystyna Kierebinski Sat, November 10, 2012 23:55:10

Small yard, on either side a humble building housing the place of worship.

Do You know what deities were worshipped here?

One of the two buildings. Photo: Krystyna Kierebinski, March 2012



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South-western Gate

Imperial Hué, lower South WestPosted by Krystyna Kierebinski Sat, November 10, 2012 23:46:15


Since the temples were reached from the north we are leaving at the south. This big south-western gate could be as well the entrence to the compound.

Photo: Krystyna Kierebinski, March 2012



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Backstage

Imperial Hué, lower South WestPosted by Krystyna Kierebinski Sat, November 10, 2012 23:37:06


Walking back towards the Main Gate, having the wall on the right hand-side one would pass the compound of four buildings. One of them was a drill hall, another was the barrack where the imperial palanquins were kept. Two others were stables for the elephants and horses.



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Back to the Main Gate

Imperial Hué, lower South WestPosted by Krystyna Kierebinski Sat, November 10, 2012 23:30:37
Following the wall one could see the Main Gate again.

Main Gate visible soon after visiting the The Mieu compound. Photo: Krystyna Kierebinski, March 2012

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