Thai Hoa Palace

Attraction Hai Mươi Ba Tháng Tám, Thuận Thành, tp. Huế, Thừa Thiên Huế Published on: 13-11-2015

1 hour
08:00 AM - 05:30 PM
08:30 AM
09:30 AM
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Kids Friendly
6.00 USD

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Thai Hoa Palace is a part of the Forbidden City area of Hue’s Imperial City. It was to organize important activities in Nguyen Dynasty.

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Why Thai Hoa Palace is special ?

Thai Hoa palace is among the most important constructions of Hue Imperial City where Nguyen kings had ruled the country for over 100 years.

Built in 1805, Thai Hoa palace is a typical royal architecture in style of “double houses on one foundation” decorated with enamelled bronzeware, gilding and lacquer. Main decorative patterns of the palace are dragons and clouds together with many symbolic ornaments inside and outside of the building. This palace also houses the throne of all Nguyen kings and a splendid 9-dragon gilded canopy above the throne.

In front of the palace, there is a yard called Salutation Court where all mandarins stood in the Grand Audience ceremony held two times a month. Apart from the Grand Audience ceremony, other important ceremonies were also organized at Thai Hoa palace. Among them were the Coronation ceremony, the royal Birthday Anniversary, etc.

Thai Hoa palace had been renovated several times since the first construction, noticeably the renovations in 1833 and 1923. In these two big changes, the location of Thai Hoa palace was slightly moved in the former, the glass doors and gilded canopy are the most remarkable results in the latter.

By its magnificent location on the main axis of Hue Imperial City and various symbolic meanings in architectural decoration, Thai Hoa palace is the most typical construction of Hue royal architecture in terms of historical, cultural and art values.

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What to explore at Thai Hoa Palace?

The Thai Hoa Palace is one of the first buildings you will see as you enter the Ancient Imperial City of Hue.

Most interesting is an excellent film that is shown in a room in the rear of the palace. The film gives more information about the palace and Citadel with some digital effects showing how it was built and how it was used.This was the best thing about the palace.

How to get to Thai Hoa Palace?

You can get Thai Hoa Palace by many ways such as motorbike, bike, car, taxi.

Walking: If you are in Thanh Noi Hotel, you will go straight on Dang Dung Street and turn right on Dinh Tien Hoang Street. Then you turn right on Hai Muoi Thang Ba Street to come to The Imperial City. From The Imperial City, you pass through Hue Citadel, Dai Trieu Courtyard to get there. It takes about 15 minutes by walking.

Selling points

  • Interesting palace- show excellent film
  • The Most Important Structure in the Forbidden City
  • Some interesting furniture
  • One of the most famous attractions in The Citadel
  • Small palace but many things to see
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Tips for you

  • If you go by motorbike, you should check gasoline to make sure enough gas for you to drive.
  • You are sure to see the impressive audio-visual display, which gives an excellent overview of the entire Citadel, its architecture and the historical context.
  • Even though photos are permitted, if you stand in the front by the large open doors, you can use your camera.
  • No photos are permitted.
  • It is not suitable for you to come here on rainy day.
  • Smoking is not allowed here.
  • You are required not to leave litter.
  • You should bring water, and sun protection like umbrellas.
  • Performance of court music (Small music) in front of Thai Hoa Palace (daily held) at: 08:00 – 10:30 and 14:00 – 16:00
  • The best time to visit the Palace is in the morning.
  • It is very crowded on some Vietnam special holidays.
  • The palace is quite simpler than others, but you can still see the solemn atmosphere and the royal Confucianism rules here.
  • If you don't know much about Vietnamese history, you would do well to hire a personal guide.
  • You should know some regulations when visiting here.
  • Sitting on respected things in the Palace is the impolite behavior
  • If you go with kids, you should keep them to avoid run around.
  • Your trip will be more interesting if you combine to visit the Palace and other attractions in The Imperial City.
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As you enter the Noon Gate, you will come to this Thai Hoa Palace where the King used to welcome his VIPs and had important ceremonies held in this place, such as the royal birthday, coronation and salutation ceremonies. Looking out from this palace towards the south (where the noon gate is), you will see a huge courtyard right in front of this palace, with stone tablets on the right and left hand side. These tablets mark the position of the mandarins according to their ranks. I really can't imagine myself standing there in the midst of the hot sun to pay respect to the King. Anyway, the King's throne is placed right in the centre of this palace. Yellow and red are the two colours that fill the place, yellow symbolizing royal colour while the red symbolizes joy. There is a short video right behind this hall to showcase what the whole citadel looks like before war destroyed most part of it. Be amazed at how huge the whole area is. And no pictures are allowed inside the Thai Hoa Palace. Must visit since you are already in the Hue Citadel.

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Palace where emperor daily meeting with mandarins

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