Once situated on the left (western) side of the Main Gate the building is not extant.
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 main gate Ngo Mon, called also the True South or the Meridian Gate. Placed in the middle of the southern wall faces the Perfume River.
It has five entrances. The one in the middle was exclusively reserved for the emperor. Mandarins used the adjacent two and the side entrances served as a passage for soldiers, horses and elephants.
The whole distance between the gate and the riverbank was and still is arranged as the monumental plaza.
During the imperial times this field served as a scene for military parades, religious processions as well as for the gatherings honouring the emperor.
photo taken in March 2012
The emperor himself observed the festivities and official parades sitting on his throne placed among the gilded columns within the wooden section right above the entrances.
Above the emperors lounge was yet another room intended for the ladies of the palace. They climbed there by the wooden stairs flanked by beautifully carved railings.