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.

Tinh Minh Building

Imperial Hué, lower North WestPosted by Krystyna Kierebinski Sun, February 17, 2013 13:59:16

What the visitor sees today at this spot is the building called Tinh Minh. It was built in 1927 and replaced a wooden structure of Thong Minh Duong.

The present western-style version was used as a medical clinic for the Empress Thang Cung, the 1st wife of the Emperor Dong Khanh.

In 1950 the building was renovated and used as a private residence of the Emperor Bao Dai. It means that Bao Dai used the building, thus the Imperial City, after his abdication and overtaking the Imperial City by the Ho Chi Minh´s government.

The ”Tinh Minh” building replaced the ”Thong Minh Duong” conversation room. Photo: Krystyna Kierebinski, March 2012

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