Thai Hoa Palace

Thai Hoa Palace

Thua Thien Hue, Vietnam
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Thai Hoa palace is among the most important constructions of Hue Imperial City where Nguyen kings had ruled the country for over 100 years. It was constructed in 1805 by Emperor Gia Long and used later in 1806 for his coronation. According to many researchers, the name “Thai Hoa” bears a profound philosophic meaning that […]

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Thai Hoa palace is among the most important constructions of Hue Imperial City where Nguyen kings had ruled the country for over 100 years. It was constructed in 1805 by Emperor Gia Long and used later in 1806 for his coronation.

According to many researchers, the name “Thai Hoa” bears a profound philosophic meaning that refers the supreme harmony between yin and yang, between human beings and the nature. Based on this concept, once our life achieves the harmony, all the relationships in the universe can be strongly developed in peace and prosperity. This can be seen as the target or task of Nguyen kings during their reign.

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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