Queen mother’s rickshaw now on display in Hue

Queen Mother Tu Minh's rickshaw. Source: Viet Nam News 20150423

A Nguyen Dynasty-era rickshaw that was taken out to France, and recently repatriated when it was sold at an auction, is finally back in Vietnam and now on display in Hue.

 Queen Mother Tu Minh's rickshaw. Source: Viet Nam News 20150423
Queen Mother Tu Minh’s rickshaw. Source: Viet Nam News 20150423

Antique rickshaw back from France
Viet Nam News, 23 April 2015

The conservation centre in Hue yesterday opened a new section inside the former Imperial Citadel to display the ambience of the queen mothers under the Nguyen dynasty (1802-1945).
The area was used as a waiting lounge for guests who paid visits to the queen mothers in Dien Tho Palace, part of a harem designated for queen mothers.

The items on display include a wooden rickshaw that the Hue Monuments Conservation Centre bought at an auction in France for US$100,000.

The rickshaw was used by Queen Mother Tu Minh, who was given it as a gift by her son, King Thanh Thai, (1879-1954) for the queen to move around inside the vast palace.

Full story here.

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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