Hue Flag Tower
  
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Hue Flag Tower (Photo: Khamphahue.com.vn)
Hue Flag Tower (Photo: Khamphahue.com.vn)
Hue flag tower is a part of Hue Monuments Complex. It was on Nam Chanh fortress which is at the middle of Ngan gate and Quang Duc gate.

Located in front of the Noon Gate, Hue flag tower was officially constructed under the reign of Emperor Gia Long in 1807. The structure was later renovated in 1829, 1831 and 1840. The tower consists of 3 flat-top pyramids. Each of which is placed on top of the other in descending order.  As its name suggests, the flag tower was the place where the national flag under Nguyen dynasty was hung.

In 1846, Emperor Thieu Tri had the new flagpole built.  In 1904, the flagpole was collapsed due to severe typhoon. Under Emperor Thanh Thai's reign, it was replaced by a cast iron flagpole. In early 1947, the flagpole was again collapsed in the Resistance against the French colonialists. In 1948, the Contemporary Council of Central Vietnam constructed the steel-core flagpole as we can observe today. From mid-1994 to 1995, Hue Monuments Conservation Center renovated the flag tower with the total expense of over VND 1,5 billion. The flag tower consists of two parts including tower and the flag pole.

The Noon Gate and the flag tower witnessed national significant events in the history. On August 30th 1945, thousands of locals observed the abdication ceremony of Emperor Bao Dai. The event marked the end of the absolute monarchy. On this occasion, the sword and seal were handed over to the representative of the independent Vietnam government headed by President Ho Chi Minh. Thousands of people looked at the flag tower where the symbol of independent Vietnam fluttering in the autumn breeze. In Spring 1968, Thua Thien Hue soldiers and people were proud of the red and yellow flag hung on the tower 26 days and nights. In Spring 1975, Thua Thien Hue province was liberated. For Hue locals, that historical moment will last till forever.


Hue flag tower lightened up (Photo: Hue Monuments Conservation Center)

Coming to Hue, visitors will have a chance not only to admire the artistic values of the flag tower, but also to learn about this historical witness. It is believed to contribute to educating present and coming generations about Vietnamese tradition.

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