Hue royal architecture
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Hue Imperial City (Photo: internet)
Hue Imperial City (Photo: internet)
Royal architecture was shaped when Hue was selected as the capital of Vietnam under feudal dynasty. Being the nation-wide center for politics, culture and economy during the XIX century and the first half of the XX century, Hue is home to imposing constructions which still can be found today.

The language of architecture is to locate structures in the space, so that they stay in harmony with the nature. For example, Thai Hoa Palace (the Palace of Supreme Harmony), which is located in the center of the Imperial City, is surrounded by Green Dragon to the east, White Tiger to the west, Red Phoenix to the south and Black Turtle to the north. It is written in Yijing that the emperor faces the south to rule his land. Therefore, the Imperial City faces the south.

Tourists visit the Palace of Supreme Harmony (Photo: internet)

Hue royal architecture inherits the traditional styles from dynasties, namely Ly, Tran and Le. Quintessences of Chinese fine arts were also selected on the basis of national consciousness. Country-wide craftsmen including those whose ancestors were from China and Champa joined in the construction. In particular, the royal architecture was modernized thanks to techniques learned from French architects working under Emperor Gia Long's reign. Basically, architectural styles which were suitable with Vietnamese are selected and localized, creating Hue architecture identity.

The roof of Thai Hoa palace (Photo: internet)

Inside Thai Hoa palace (Photo: internet)
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