Inside the palace where King Bao Dai was born in Hue

Asia Travel Jun 13, 2019

Palace was built by King Khai Dinh in 1917 is a unique combination of three architectural styles Hue, China and France


An Dinh Palace is located on the bank of An Cuu River (Hue City), built by Khai Dinh King in 1917. This is the place where Emperor Khai Dinh and the concubine Hoang Thi Cuc (1890-1980) gave birth to the only son is Nguyen Phuc Vinh Thuy (ie King Bao Dai later). At first, there were about 10 works, so far only 3 quite intact works are the Main Gate, Trung Lap Communal House and Khai Tuong Floor.



The main gate follows the three-door way, consisting of two floors, built of lime bricks and decorated with sophisticated art of floating porcelain, colored glass. Both the inside and the outside of the gate have images of dragons, phoenixes, unicorns and leaves … with some characters and sentences in Chinese characters.



Trung Lap Communal House is a project located between the entrance gate and Khai Tuong floor. The house has a small structure with an octagonal surface and two layers of roofs made in the old style.



The lower roof layer of Trung Lap communal house has 8 edges, the upper layer is 4, floating 12 dragons overlooking 4 directions 8 directions. In the middle of the communal house, the statue of Khai Dinh King was placed, cast in bronze with the same rate as the real people.



Khai Tuong floor was built in 1917-1918 at the old An Dinh government site. This is the most important architecture of An Dinh Palace with 3 floors and 22 rooms, designed to be influenced by Western culture. After taking the throne and living in the imperial palace since 1916, King Khai Dinh thought of reforming An Dinh government, expanding the campus and building some more structures here. The goal is to create a bigger property to celebrate the place of worship (the king’s residence before the throne) and to give Prince Vinh Thuy his own future.



At the time of building Khai Tuong floor, the Western culture in general, the French art in particular affected Vietnam strongly. This is evident from construction materials, architectural styles to the art of interior and exterior decoration of buildings.



The main room looked from the landing on the first floor staircase. The pillars, stair railings and decorative motifs are all Western style.



Above is the remaining foundation of Nine Tu Dai theater. This whole work was destroyed during the war. In existence, the theater has two floors, an area of 1,150 m2 and can accommodate more than 500 spectators at the same time. According to ancient and exterior documents of Cuu Tu Dai similar to the Opera House in Hanoi.



A decorative pattern on the wall in An Dinh palace. This architectural ensemble marked the period in which Vietnamese art began to be influenced by the Western style, reflected in all the works that have a style of combining traditional Vietnamese themes with themes. European decoration, creating a unique architectural picture.