Tiger Fighting Arena

Attraction 373 Bùi Thị Xuân, Thủy Biều, tp. Huế, Thừa Thiên Huế, Vietnam Published on: 13-11-2015

1 hour
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
08:30 AM
10:30 AM
Second-time visit
0.00 USD

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Tiger Fighting Arena (Ho Quyen) was reserved for tiger and elephant fight to entertain Kings, the royal family, and mandarins.

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Why Tiger Fighting Arena is special ?

Tiger Fighting Arena (Ho Quyen) was reserved for tiger and elephant fight to entertain Kings, the royal family, and mandarins.

This structure was for merely reserved for tiger and elephant fights to entertain kings, the royal family and mandarins. Ho Quyen Arena was built in 1830, on the south bank of the Perfume River, 4km away from the citadel. The coliseum consists of two concentric circles built with bricks and mortar. The first staircase of 20 steps was exclusively reserved for the King and the imperial family. It leads up to a 96m sq. rectangular tribune. The sec¬ond staircase with 15 steps was used by the soldiers and the ordinary people. Between the two staircases were a big entrance 1.9m wide and 3.9m high for the elephants to enter the coliseum.

Opposite to the tribune for the King, on the other side of the arena, were five cages for tigers and leopards. Above the middle one is a stone sign inscribed with two Chinese characters: "HO QUYEN".

The arena is a unique architectural work rarely found in south-east Asia, a vestige of the games and entertainment's of the imperial Court of Hue.

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What to explore at Tiger Fighting Arena?

Climb up the Ho Quyen Tiger Fighting Arena – A relic of old-school animal cruelty, this arena once pitted tigers against elephants for the pleasure of the emperor and his more blood-thirsty subjects. Ho Quyen is built along the southern bank of the Perfume River, and consists of two circular walls, with a flight of stairs heading its way to the top. The arena is remarkably intact; even the tiger cages still have claw marks. The fights themselves, which have since been discontinued in the early 20th century, were fixed: the tigers were drugged and always lost to the elephants. As tigers symbolized rebellion and elephants represented the monarchy, it is no surprise the emperor wanted a demonstration of his unshakeable supremacy along with fur-flying entertainment.

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How to get to Tiger Fighting Arena?

Head west on Le Loi towards the train station, and take a right after crossing the small bridge onto Bui Thi Xuan. Continue for 2.5 kilometres and keep an eye out for Nguyen Tran Cong Chua on the left. Once you find it, pass it, and continue 300 metres down to an alley called Kiet 373 on the left. Long Chau Temple is 200 metres down from the tiger fighting arena.

Selling points

  • Royal Vietnamese Colosseum
  • Well-preserved arena
  • Attractive for tourists to have new experience
  • Old building in the landscape
  • Quiet and peaceful attraction
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373 Bùi Thị Xuân, Thủy Biều, tp. Huế, Thừa Thiên Huế, Vietnam

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Tips for you

  • You should bring suntan, hat, sun glass and repellent to save your health.
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  • You should bring your camera to caught the fascinating sightseeing.
  • You should wear good shoes, because there are lots of stairs and steep terrain. The weather is often colder in the afternoon, so you should bring jacket.
    What to wear
  • It is not suitable for you to visit the Arena on rainy day.
  • You should keep a clean environment in the historical place.
  • You should bring umbrella or raincoat, weather is unpredictable.
  • The best time to come here in the morning.
  • Entering the tigers den and seeing all the claw marks etched into the concrete is very sobering. You can peer inside through the gates or climb the walls to peer in. - You should know some regulations when visiting here. - If you go by motorbike, you should check gasoline to make sure enough gas for you to drive.
  • Royal Vietnamese colosseum is decline, people can't walk to a top and arena's entrance gate locked. You should pay attention the closing time to get there early.
  • If you go with kids, you should keep them to avoid run around.
  • It is located at 373 Bui Thi Xuan Thuy Bieu, Hue City, Thua Thien Hue, Vietnam.
  • After visiting the Arena, you can travel around nearby, like Temples.
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  • You can visit not only Thien Mu pagoda but also other famous attractions near there.
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TripAdvisor View more

Really wanted to visit this. We took a taxi from town and were let into the arena by a key holder. Entering the tigers den and seeing all the claw marks etched into the concrete was very sobering. The man explained they always wanted the elephants to win. A viewing platform above gave you a real sense of what it must have been like. We had heard their was an elephant graveyard nearby but no one could give us any details. Really interesting piece of history

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Coloseum for elephant & tiger fight each other,today is not allowed climb on the coloseum but if u ask,they will allow u go inside

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