Ngo Mon Gate is the southern main gate of Hue Imperial City, also considered the face of the Citadel and feudal dynasty.
This gate was built during the reign of Minh Mang – the second king of the Nguyen Dynasty.
The architecture of Ngo Mon Gate is complex, and it can be divided into two main parts: the base of the platform is at the bottom and the Ngu Phung floor above.
Although the properties and construction materials are very different, these two components are designed in harmony to become a unified whole.
Outstanding among the shade of greenery, flowers, and water, Ngo Mon Mon always reminds people of a feeling of relaxation and tranquility.
Perhaps because of that, the image of this door has become a symbol of Hue.
2. Ky Dai
Ky Dai is a place to hang the flag of the citadel. It’s located in the middle of the south of Hue citadel within the Nam Chanh fortress.
This flag tower has relatively large architecture, including three floors with a total height of 17.5m.
Along with the ups and downs of Hue Citadel, Ky Dai has witnessed many important historical events of the country.
On August 30, 1945, during the abdication ceremony of King Bao Dai, the red flag with the yellow star of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam was raised, ending the existence of the Vietnamese feudal regime.
3. Thai Hoa Palace
Thai Hoa Palace is considered as one of the most important constructions and has unique architectural features.
It is known as the center of Hue imperial city and a symbol of the Nguyen Dynasty’s power.
Thai Hoa Palace used to be a venue for important ceremonies such as the coronation ceremony, the envoy’s reception, the king’s birthday, or the royal court twice a month.
Apart from the King and members of the royal family, only the Ministers could come inside.
Everything in the Palace was inlaid with gold. The wooden parts were painted and carved exquisitely. The upper ceiling had different large lanterns decorated with stylized images and poems.
Note: You cannot take pictures of the interior of the Palace.
In front of the Thai Hoa Palace is the courtyard where the ministers gathered, stood in line and faced the Palace to perform the ceremony.
Passing through the Ngo Mon gate, you can enjoy a leisure walk along the yard.
4. Truong Lang
In more than 50 buildings in the Forbidden City, Truong Lang is an auxiliary architecture but has an important role.
It’s not only a comfortable walkway with roofs and walls to prevent rain and wind, but also a circuit that connects the works.
It helps to create a diverse architectural complex with a tight layout and counter.
It’s also an ideal stop to learn about Hue Cultural Heritage through different angles.
In particular, along Truong Lang in the direction from west to east, Forbidden City has different exhibitions of the ancient Hue.
The collection consists of black and white documents of architecture, landscape, people and many activities in Hue in the early twentieth century.
5. The royal garden
Since Hue Festival in 2012, the Center for Conservation of Monuments of Hue has revived Co Ha garden in Hue Imperial City.
Although only Royal members could visit this garden, now it opens for all visitors to enjoy the scenery with ponds, hundreds of flowers and ornamental plants.
6. The ruins
After 1975, the ancient ruins of Hue carried many wounds of the Vietnam war, especially with the attacks, rebellions, defenses, and retreating in Hue Citadel in the spring of Mau Than 1968.
Many structures were destroyed and had a high risk of collapse.
What to wear to Imperial City of Hue
The dress code
For women, you can choose long maxi skirts or elegant dresses with lovely color motifs, combined with a hat to avoid the sun.
For men, wearing a T-shirt and a trouser will be sufficient. The weather is hot, and the place is large, so I suggest we avoid wearing a long-sleeved shirt.
Don’t forget to bring a hat and apply suncream in advance.
More tips on visiting Imperial City of Hue
Here is the list of rules that you should follow
Preserve the construction by not littering
Do not film and take pictures inside the interior of the Palace
Do not touch the artifacts
Avoid making offensive postures or wearing inappropriate clothes and lack of respect when visiting Hue Citadel.
During my trip to Hue, I was amazed by the artistic masterpieces of palaces, magnificent temples and shrines, solemn mausoleums, and taciturn landscapes. Hue’s ancient capital has a peaceful and quiet beauty.
I hope you’ll have a great day exploring Hue and don’t forget to share your opinions in the comment section.