The treasures of Vietnam’s Forbidden City

Old aerial photo of The Forbidden City of Hue. Source: Vietnam Net 20160208

A feature on the royal treasures (quite literally) of the Nguyen Dynasty in their seat of power – Hue.

Old aerial photo of The Forbidden City of Hue. Source: Vietnam Net 20160208
Old aerial photo of The Forbidden City of Hue. Source: Vietnam Net 20160208

Discover the “treasures” of antiquities in Hue Citadel
Vietnam Net, 08 Feb 2016

The last feudal dynasty of Vietnam in Hue City went through many historical events. Tens of thousands of rare artifacts of the Nguyen Dynasty have been lost.

According to Dr. Phan Thanh Hai, Director of the Centre for Conservation of Hue Monuments, from the eighteenth century, the nobility of Hue was interested in collecting antiques and purchasing valuable items.
Researcher Phan Thuan An said that in the golden age of the Nguyen Dynasty (1802-1945), palaces and temples in the royal citadel as well as the tombs were decorated with and stored a lot of precious objects, which were the most valuable things in the country.

Working for years in the colony, Robert R. de la Susse is a French official who had deep understanding of and loved Vietnamese culture. In an opportunity to visit the Hue royal citadel in the early 1910s, after seeing artifacts in Can Chanh and Phung Tien palaces, he called these places “museums”.

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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