VietNamNet Bridge – Thousands of artifacts of the Nguyen Dynasty (1802-1945) are on display at the Museum of Hue Royal Antiquities, attracting many visitors each day.
The Museum of Hue Royal Antiquities is one of the largest three museums in Indochina, founded in 1923, with the original name of Khai Dinh Museum (Musee Khai Dinh).
The Museum of Hue Royal Antiquities in Hue City is home to thousands of rare artifacts about the life of kings of the Nguyen Dynasty, the last feudal dynasty in Vietnam.
The museum has more than 8,000 valuable antiques. Most of the exhibits are artworks, items for daily needs, rituals, beliefs … including porcelain, bronze, precious metal, fabric things. In front of the museum are ancient cannons.
Museum leaders said that over time, wars, many antiques are not intact. But today when tourists come here, they can still admire hundreds of rare objects made by different kinds of materials. This is the throne of the king.
This is the costume of crown prince of the Nguyen Dynasty. Phan Thanh Hai, Director of the Center for Conservation of Hue Ancient Relics, said in the Nguyen dynasty, the court issued strict regulations on costumes for people of classes in society, based on the criteria: materials, colors, sewing type, decoration and even the amount of clothing.
Among the precious antiques that the museum has just exhibited are the collection of royal treasures, including metallic books and gold seals of the Nguyen Dynasty.
A gold book is a kind of special bibliography, made from precious metals, used to record the important events and rituals of the court, such as the coronation of a king, the appointment of the crown prince, the queen, and the bestowing of titles and medals to members of the royal family. The contents of gold books were written by the king or mandarins.
Gold books are decorated with dragons on the cover.
Gold seals represent the supreme power of kings and dynasties. In 143 years of existence, the Nguyen Dynasty used more than 100 seals made of gold, silver and gem.
The museum welcomes nearly 1,000 visitors a day, Hai said, adding that foreign tourists are very interested in the antiques.
The palanquin of King Bao Dai, the last king of Vietnam.