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 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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