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The Museum Of Royal Fine Arts Hue

  • The Long An Palace and Museum is part of the Hue historical complex designated a World Heritage Site and is located near the Forbidden Purple City.
  • The Hue historical complex of the Nguyen Emperors is an important location in Vietnam. The complex includes the Citadel (by citadel we mean a fortress protecting a town), a walled city within which is the Royal Court and its administration buildings, the Imperial City within it and within it the Forbidden City, the various royal burial complexes situated in the surrounding foothills. The complex is regarded as an outstanding architectural example of east Asia feudal power and capital. More importantly it is an important monument in Vietnamese history and culture. Its location and setting on a narrow strip of land hemmed in by the Trurong Son mountain range to the south and west. There are two groups of historical sites, those including the walled citadel and the buildings within it and the burial complexes of the Nguyen Kings and others concerning the spiritual life of the times.
  • The Hue Museum of Royal Fine Arts displays some furniture and household objects used by members of the Nguyen households in the 19th and early 20th centuries. These are housed in the Long An Palace which was constructed under the supervision of Emperor Thieu Tri in 1845. The original building was dismantled and reconstructed on the present site in 1909. It is located now near the Hue Military Museum and the Imperial City. The building itself is of as much interest as the objects on display inside.
  • The architectural decoration on both the inside and outside the building is of interest. Red lacquer and gold was the preferred taste of the Nguyen Emperors. The surrounding grounds are also worth seeing. Here also are bronze bells, canons, stone figures and Viet gongs. The Museum is within a museum.
  • Chinese art and cultural influences dominate many objects in the collections. This is seen in dress furniture and the themes of objects of art. Objects in the collection include, Japanese porcelain, ceremonial weapons, Chinese jugs, French crystal and glass ware, stone tea sets, incense burners, ivory objects, celadon, blue and white porcelain,  silver utensils and objects.
  • The Vietnamese royal furniture is particularly interesting and well displayed here. There are traditional Vietnamese mother-of-pearl inlay furniture items including a round table with four chairs, a large square table with marble top and benches for seating. Worthy also of not is the original glass screen with phoenix and bat flanking the sun design. The traditional red lacquered furniture from the time of Khai Dinh is also in a large display.
  • The silk robes display formerly belonging to emperors and empresses at the rear of the museum is of particular interest for its historical relevance and art form. Here are the clothes of Tu Duc and Minh Mang.