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.


HistoryPosted by Krystyna Kierebinski Sun, October 14, 2012 14:07:17

In 1802 Nguyens were back on the Perfume River´s bank.

Nguyen Anh declared himself the emperor of Dai Nam (Great South) changing the name of now unified country from that given by the Chinese, An Nam (Pacified South).

Newly crowned emperor took a reign name Gia Long. His town of residence received a new name as well; Hoa, meaning Harmony. With time and by misspronunciation the word Hoa became Hué.

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Phu Xuan

HistoryPosted by Krystyna Kierebinski Sun, October 14, 2012 14:05:36

After establishing themselves on the former Cham territory, the Viet rulers gave Kandarpupura new name, Phu Xuan.

In the beginning of 16th Century the Viet clan of Nguyen settled down here. First of them, Nguyen Kim, started to construct a fortifications by the Perfume river. Soon it was decided that the place could be much more than only a military post.

In 1637 Nguyen Kim´s son, lord Nguyen Hoang , building the fortress, was said to experience a revelation; The Heavenly Lady appeared to him and assured that a city build here was to have a brilliant future.

With time, Phu Xuan, thanks to its fortifications, achieved a meaningful position and respect in the region.

In 1771 Tay Son uprising forced the Nguyens to abandon their residence. They came back after 30 years.

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HistoryPosted by Krystyna Kierebinski Sun, October 14, 2012 13:57:36

This was the name given to today´s Hué in 2nd Century CE by the Cham people. The whole region was part of the Champa Kingdom until beginning of the 14th century. Dai Viet Kingdom was its neighbour.

In year 1306 Champa king Simhavarman III handed over two provinces to Viets in exchange for the hand of a Viet princess Huyen Tran.

Due to the kings early death the couple had only one year together. According to the tradition, his widow was supposed to follow him. Her life was to be taken in the offering ceremony. As the legend has it, the Viet king, brother of princess Huyen Tran, organized a plot to rescue her.

After many conflicts Viets conquered kingdom of Champa and made it their vassal in 1471. Gradually weakened Champa disappeared from the whole territory of todays Vietnam in the begging of the 19thCentury.

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