The Imperial Enclosure is a historic centre and a distinguish architecture lying inside Hue Imperial thành phố which was recognized as World Heritage by UNESCO on November 11th, 1993. It is where emperors’ accommodation và other main buildings such as temples, and palaces were established.

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History & location It took nearly 30 years lớn build The Imperial Enclosure, from 1805 under Gia Long King to lớn 1832 under Minh mang King. During the late modern period, maybe this architectural structure was the most gigantic one with thousands of workers involved in the constructing process, millions of cubic meters of rock used, & numerous tasks included such as trenches digging, river filling, immigrating, graves moving và wall building. On the map, in the South, it now shares the border with Tran Hung Dao và Le Duan streets, with Le Duan street in the West, with Tang Bat Ho street in the North, with Phan Dang Luu street in the East. In the past, right after his succeeding as a King, Gia Long had investigated a proper place for his palace. Và he finally chose a large land beside the North bank of Perfume River. According lớn Feng Shui, in front of the enclosure is gàn Binh mountain with 100 meter high, flat top and beautiful shape, playing the role as a natural partition of the citadel, & its two sides is Hen & Da Vien hillocks which respectively represent Green Dragon & White Tiger to show the spiritual power of the King.


Hien Lam Pavilion Gate, Hue Imperial Enclosure

Hien Lam Pavilion: began being built in 1821 & finished in 1822, and is located in the temple area of Hue Citadel.

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It is 17m high – the highest construction of the citadel. Nine Censers: they are placed in front of Hien Lam Pavilion, opposite Thien Temple. Each copper censer has its own name which is named after the name of every king of Nguyen Dynasty. They have different weights, different surrounding engraved patterns. They are respectively Cao Censer, Nhan Censer, Chuong Censer, Anh Censer, Nghi Censer, Thuan Censer, Tuyen Censer, Du Censer và Huyen Censer. Copper Cauldrons: Nowadays, Hue Citadel has 15 copper cauldrons which all are artworks representing mastery casting và decorating ability of Vietnamese craftsmen. 4 out of 15 cauldrons were casted during Minh mang king’s reign và the rest were casted during other kings’ reign.