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.

Gates and Pagodas

Imperial Hué, South EastPosted by Krystyna Kierebinski Sat, November 10, 2012 19:42:44
The temples of this compound could be reached through the three-door elaborated gate.

Before reaching the Tri Mieu and Thai Mieu temples one could stop by two others pagodas of secondary worship. Here respect could be payed to the honorable and noble servants of the Nguyen´s succession.

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Thai Mieu Temple

Imperial Hué, South EastPosted by Krystyna Kierebinski Sat, November 10, 2012 19:30:03



The Thai Mieu temple housed several altars dedicated to Nguyen lords who ruled in times before the Tay Son revolt. These lords, titled Chua, were worshiped for their merits in bringing the Nguyen clan to power.

On the square yard surrounding Thai Mieu small building were erected for the purpose of prayer, meditation, contemplation, or other kind of spiritual thoughts.



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Tho Cong Altar

Imperial Hué, South EastPosted by Krystyna Kierebinski Sat, November 10, 2012 19:14:48


In every Vietnamese village the altar dedicated to the Spirit of the Soil could be found. So was even the case on the soil of the Imperial City.

Facing the Trieu Mieu temple one had the altar on the left hand-side while on opposite side its counterpart was standing. Probably the altar worshiping another deity.



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Trieu Mieu Temple

Imperial Hué, South EastPosted by Krystyna Kierebinski Sat, November 10, 2012 19:08:39

Trieu Mieu
was dedicated to Nguyen Kim, the earliest ancestor of the Nguyen clan.



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Hien Nho´n Gate

Imperial Hué, South EastPosted by Krystyna Kierebinski Sat, November 10, 2012 19:03:04


After leaving the temple compound through the three-door Tam Quan gate one would turn left and follow the surrounding wall. After passing the corner and some farther walking the Hien Nho´n gate can be reached. Through this three-door, lavishly decorated gate, authorized persons could enter the territory of the Imperial City.



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Guards and Chariots

Imperial Hué, South EastPosted by Krystyna Kierebinski Sat, November 10, 2012 17:52:23


After walking the Royal Esplanade and visiting the Throne Hall one may continue towards the Forbidden City or turn right, eastwards, and enter the small area where the long barrack was standing. Here, close to the main gate, the palace chariots were kept.

Near by were two other buildings housing the palace guards.



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