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 Royal Stables, Ma Khai So

Imperial, South, centerPosted by Krystyna Kierebinski Sun, December 29, 2013 19:36:02



Once situated on the left (western) side of the Main Gate the building is not extant.



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The Holy Cannons, Phao Xu´o´ng So

Imperial, South, centerPosted by Krystyna Kierebinski Sun, December 29, 2013 19:33:33


Those canons had never been used. The purpose with possessing and exposing them was to reach the higher status by showing The Nguyens´modern military equipment.


With time these heavy weapons lost their deterring role as well as the prominent place. They are still close to the Citadel but exposed in more discrete way.









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The Meridian Gate, Ngo Mon

Imperial, South, centerPosted by Krystyna Kierebinski Sun, December 29, 2013 19:30:35

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.

March 2012

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.

March 2012


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.

March 2012


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.

March 2012



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The Bridge of Golden Waters, Kim Thuy Kieu

Imperial, South, centerPosted by Krystyna Kierebinski Sun, December 29, 2013 19:28:30



Ngo Mon Gate is passed trough and the Imperial City entered. It feels like the secret is about to be revealed. If You are lucky enough to avoid the crowd You can have Your moment with the Past. Or at least a trace of it.

Flanked by the rectangular basins the bridge was the passage reserved exclusively for the emperor.

On this postcard from 1963 the Imperial City is completely silent, deserted, and plundered. Interesting as a relic of the past for the people in Saigon and seen as en exotic spot by the "Silent Americans".


Leaving the "Ngo Mon" Gate behind them, the tourists take a look at the ponds. March 2012


What one can see at the early spring is the crowd of the golden fishes, hoping to get some food. In May or early June the lotus flowers cover the surface of the basins.


Passing the bridge, one moves towards the Esplanade of Great Welcome and the Throne Room, which both can be seen on this photo behind the colorful portico gate. March 2012


Portico-gate of this kind can be seen at few other places in the Imperial City. The one on the photo is decorated with lotus buds and several auspicious emblems, crested by the flaming pearl. March 2012


Closer look at the auspicious symbols reveals the instrument of qin (blue bottom), painting scroll (yellow bottom), and mandarin´s fan, or a tablet accompanied by the brush (white bottom). All objects decorated with a luck-bringing red ribbon and surrounded by flowers. Very Confucian and China-inspired. March 2012







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The Esplanade, Dai Trieu Nghi

Imperial, South, centerPosted by Krystyna Kierebinski Sun, December 29, 2013 19:27:17






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TheThrone Room, Thai Hoa Dien

Imperial, South, centerPosted by Krystyna Kierebinski Sun, December 29, 2013 19:26:12

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