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Rare photos of Hue Imperial City in 1919

October 21, 2020 | 10:14

The rare photos printed in the “Annam 1919 - L'Indochine française” book give a close insight into the scenery of the Imperial City of Hue in 1919.

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Rare photos of Hue Imperial City in 1919

Ngo Mon Gate (Meridian Gate), the main southern gate to the Imperial City of Hue.

Photo: Annam 1919 - L'Indochine française

Rare photos of Hue Imperial City in 1919

Thai Hoa Palace where contains the throne of Nguyen Dynasty’s King is seen from Meridian Gate, Kien Thuc reported. Photo: Annam 1919 - L'Indochine française

Rare photos of Hue Imperial City in 1919

King Khai Dinh's carriage crosses Trung Dao bridge spanning Thai Dich lake (behind Meridian Gate).

Photo: Annam 1919 - L'Indochine française

Rare photos of Hue Imperial City in 1919

Dai Cung Mon (Great Palace Gate), the main entrance to the Forbidden City. However, it was destroyed in 1947.

Photo: Annam 1919 - L'Indochine française

Rare photos of Hue Imperial City in 1919

An elaborately decorated wooden gate in the Great Palace Gate. Photo: Annam 1919 - L'Indochine française

Rare photos of Hue Imperial City in 1919

Can Chanh Palace in the Forbidden City, located behind the Great Palace Gate. This is the place to hold the courts, receive ambassadors as well as to hold banquets. The palace was demolished in 1947.

Photo: Annam 1919 - L'Indochine française

Rare photos of Hue Imperial City in 1919

Hien Lam Cac (Hien Lam Pavilion) and Nine Dynastic Urns. Nine Dynastic Urns are situated to the south of the Imperial City of Hue. They were cast within two years (1835 - 1837) under the reign of Emperor Minh Mang. Each urn is decorated with 17 bas-reliefs and named in accordance with the posthumous titles of Nguyen emperors worshipped at The Mieu Temple.

Photo: Annam 1919 - L'Indochine française

Rare photos of Hue Imperial City in 1919

In front of The To Mieu Temple, the worshipping place of Kings of the Nguyen Dynasty.

Photo: Annam 1919 - L'Indochine française

Rare photos of Hue Imperial City in 1919

The gate leads to Hung To Mieu Temple where worships parents of Emperor Gia Long.

Photo: Annam 1919 - L'Indochine française

Rare photos of Hue Imperial City in 1919

Hien Nhon Gate. In 1923, the gate was rebuilt with bricks and decorated with pieces of porcelain.

Photo: Annam 1919 - L'Indochine française

Rare photos of Hue Imperial City in 1919

A garden in the Imperial City. Photo: Annam 1919 - L'Indochine française

Rare photos of Hue Imperial City in 1919

Ornamental tree in the Imperial City. Photo: Annam 1919 - L'Indochine française

Rare photos of Hue Imperial City in 1919

King Khai Dinh and maids, servants, eunuchs ... in the Imperial City of Hue.

Photo: Annam 1919 - L'Indochine française

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