An Hien Garden House

Attraction 58 Nguyen Phuc Nguyen, Xuan Hoa, Hue city, Viet Nam Published on: 04-03-2016

1 hour
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
03:00 PM
04:00 PM
First-time visit Second-time visit
Attraction
Cultural
Family
Garden
Historic
Kids Friendly
Kids
A-la-carte
Culture
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An Hien Garden House is the new-fangled and unique place for tourists who want to discover new experience. It has special, cultural feature that contributes to beauty of Hue City.

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Why An Hien Garden House is special ?

An Hien Garden House is the new-fangled and unique place for tourists who want to discover new experience. The Garden House has special and cultural feature that contributes to romantic beauty of Hue city.


This was originally the residence of the 18th daughter of Duc Duc Emperor. After 1895, it was transferred to Mr. Pham Dang Thap, a son of a high-ranking mandarin under Gia Long reign. In 1920, this house was transferred to Mr. Tung Le. The last owner of this house was Mr. Nguyen Dinh Chi, a province chief. He moved into the residence in 1938. When he died, his wife, Mrs. Dao Thi Yen continued to live in this house. She was the person who led the school boycott of Dong Khanh students against the French colonialism in 1927. She then became the Principal of Dong Khanh High School, member of the sixth and seventh National Assembly, and a commissioner of Vietnam Fatherland Front Committee. Accordingly, An Hien Garden House is closely connected with the name, age, life and cause of an active nationalist who had a great contribution to Hue City.


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What to explore at An Hien Garden House?

The gate of the house has an ancient arch design. The gate roof is decorated with a tiger-face figure and stylized designs on both sides. In the middle of the gate, from the outside, under the roof is a book-shaped panel embossed in the wall. A brick board of two Chinese characters meaning An Hien is inlaid with pieces of green and white terracotta in the black background. Above the panel, there are symmetrically two bats spreading their wings and looking down the gate. Right under the book-shaped panel is a colorfully and elegantly tiger-faced figure in a semicircular shape.

Aristocratic flowers consist of all kinds of orchids and land orchids. Besides the modern roses imported from the European GauJard and Meilland companies, visitors can find wild tomentose roses. Particularly, the garden has a big camellia presented by a Japanese Flower Association. In addition to the flower abundance, the garden also has many precious fruit-trees yielding year-around sweet fruits, namely mangosteen, durian, Thieu litchi, especially Tien Dien persimmon which are brought from Nghi Xuan district, Ha Tinh Province by a great-grandchild of the great poet Nguyen Du as a present for the family of Nguyen Dinh Chi. This is a precious and rare kind of persimmon; it bears very delicious seedless fruits every July.

An Hien Garden House is a special cultural characteristic contributing to the beauty of Hue. Entering the garden, visitors will have a feeling of living in a miniature universe, in a peaceful and charming world. It has an attraction which is always secret as an unfinished book.

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How to get to An Hien Garden House?

The best way to visit the garden is by taxi, motobike or 'xe om". It is 37 mins driving from Phu Bai International Airport and 7 mins from Hue Railway Station.

Selling points

  • A fresh garden house
  • The new and unique architecture in Hue
  • Beautiful older garden home
  • A Peaceful oasis
  • The combination of architecture and nature
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Duration
1.0 day
Estimated
148.46 USD
Total travel distance
km
Number of places
5 places

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58 Nguyen Phuc Nguyen, Xuan Hoa, Hue city, Viet Nam

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Tips for you

  • In spring, you can see white apricot flowers blooming brightly along the entrance path; red water-lilies cover the water.
    What to see
  • You should bring plenty of cash because this place does not accept Credit Card.
    What to bring
  • You should ask permission if you want to take photos inside the house.
    Photography
  • You can be asked to pay 1 or 2 dollars for the entrance fee depending on the owner.
    Experience
  • There are no signs or explanation.
    Equipment
  • The garden is not massive but enough to have short visit.
    Other
  • To open the house for visitors, it depends on Mrs. Dao Thi Xuan Yen built another house on the left to live in.
    Other
  • You should keep eyes in your children to avoid them running around.
    Safety
  • You can visit the Thien Mu Pagoda of you have time.
    Things nearby

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We stopped at this home on our boat tour and the house was on the other side of the road that went along the river. It was a private residence that was opened for visitors, although this one is not being lived in. As a result the gardens were not as spectacular or well cultivated as I'm sure they once were.It was interesting to hear the design significance. The screen was to keep evil spirits away, as they can only travel in straight lines so when confronted with a screen ( really a cement wall ) they could not navigate around it to get to the house. Should they have done this somehow, the next thing they would have encountered was the man made reflecting pond directly in front of the house. They would become apparent as they do not have a reflection so this was the second line of protection for the house from evil spirits.The house itself had beautiful woodwork, and a family altar as it's centerpiece. Another interesting fact learned here was that women were relegated to the small rear rooms and were not allowed into the house proper, back in the "olden days".It was a short 30 minute stop, and entrance was one USD. Worth it for sure, would have been better to see one currently functioning as a house where the gardens would be better tended, but interesting nonetheless to see a typical garden style home.

TripAdvisor View more

We stopped at this home on our boat tour and the house was on the other side of the road that went along the river. It was a private residence that was opened for visitors, although this one is not being lived in. As a result the gardens were not as spectacular or well cultivated as I'm sure they once were. It was interesting to hear the design significance. The screen was to keep evil spirits away, as they can only travel in straight lines so when confronted with a screen ( really a cement wall ) they could not navigate around it to get to the house. Should they have done this somehow, the next thing they would have encountered was the man made reflecting pond directly in front of the house. They would become apparent as they do not have a reflection so this was the second line of protection for the house from evil spirits. The house itself had beautiful woodwork, and a family altar as it's centerpiece. Another interesting fact learned here was that women were relegated to the small rear rooms and were not allowed into the house proper, back in the "olden days". It was a short 30 minute stop, and entrance was one USD. Worth it for sure, would have been better to see one currently functioning as a house where the gardens would be better tended, but interesting nonetheless to see a typical garden style home

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