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Hue, a thành phố in central Vietnam và also once the capital of Vietnam, is chosen lớn be the first place lớn visit in Vietphái nam by many foreign tourists. It is the place lớn take a glimpse of Vietnam’s history with many antique buildings and tombs of Kings and royals. Ahy vọng many interesting places in Hue, the Royal Fine Arts Museum will surely spark off your trip as one of the earliest và largest museums in Hue.

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Location: 3 Le Truc street, Phu Hau district, Hue đô thị, Thua Thien HueOpening hours: 7:00 am - 5:30 pmEntrance fee: VND 150.000/ adult; VND 30.000/ children.

Hue was the capital đô thị for almost 150 years during feudal times, from 1802 to lớn 1945. On 24th August 1923, a decree was issued by King Knhị Dinch about opening a museum that was first called as Musee’ Khai Dinc. The purpose of this museum is clearly defined.

For example, the fine arts works would reflect the talents of a country, describing political và daily events, social activities, và rituals,… The name of the museum has gone through 5 changes before it was finally called the Royal Fine Arts Museum until now. Since its establishment, it took the responsibility for reviving generations of hundreds of artisans who had contributed to build up the Hue royal court. Now, the museum is under the administration of the Hue Monuments Conservation Center.

2. What To See in The Royal Fine Arts Museum?

The Royal Fine Arts Museum is situated inside Long An palace which is known as one of the most existing beautiful palaces in Vietnam. It covers an area of up to lớn 6.330 square meters.

The main showroom is called Long An palace. This building was built in 1845 under King Thieu Tri. Displaying the antiques, it is in the middle of the museum with an area of 1.200 square meters. Inside & outside Long An palace, you can find up to 16 collections with more than 300 items in different materials lượt thích gold, glazed terra-cotta, and porcelain. There are many royal antiquities that were used khổng lồ serve Kings và the royals in the Nguyen dynasty. 


Long An Palace consists of 7 compartments, 2 annexes, and 128 pillars made of timbers. Every wooden part is beautifully carved with Vietnamese scenery, và the four sacred animals including Long, lion, tortoise, and phoenix. You also can find over 1000 poems in Chinese scripts. Among mỏi these, there are 2 special poems which were composed by King Thieu Tri.

Many antique poetic và painting works, literary pieces, historical stories, và the Kings’ rules, … can be found here. It is a great source khổng lồ get a deeper insight into Vietnamese history under the Nguyen dynasty as well as underst& more about the 3 Nguyen Kings: Minh Mang, Thieu Tri, and Tu Duc. Long An palace is truly a wonderful combination of poems, paintings, và architecture that are clearly shown through meticulous woodne carvings.


The art works of the Kings & Nguyen royal families were made on many available materials lượt thích gold, silver, glass, stone, jade, leather, fabris, wooden, paper,… These items are well preserved lớn display in this museum. In addition, you can admire 80 objects of the Cham ethnic minority that were found 100 years ago in the ancient capital – Tra Kieu & O và Ly areas. They are considered the valuable objects of the world in general and the Far East in particular. Besides, you can also find a folding screen that was painted by the most talented painters 70 years ago. This shows the pictures of nearly 78 Hue women on the Ao Dai in different colors and designs.

Outside of Long An palace, tourists will be surprised at the collection of 30 cannons made around 200 years ago in different types. Besides, there are also a fine collection of stone stelaes & statues from Le Dynasty to Nguyen Dynasty. Some of them are more than 500 years old. However, the most impressive sầu và significant collection would be the one of large bronze cauldrons, bells, pots & urns.

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3. Activities of The Museum

The Hue Royal Fine Arts Museum has 16 display spots và preserves more than 10.000 artifacts. With its reputation, it has held many exhibitions, attracting the interest of both local & foreign tourists. For example, the 100th Anniversary of An Dinh Residence, One Destination – 5 Heritages, Capitals of Vietphái nam through Historical Periods, và Exhibition on Country names,…


To serve sầu the visitors better, the Royal Fine Arts Museum has planned khổng lồ organize plenty of community-based activities. In summer, children coming here will have a chance to paint pictures of Hue and play royal games in the front garden of Long An Palace. On these occasions, children are often excited lớn ask about the objects on display.

Hue Royal Fine Arts Museum is planning lớn build a special space for holding community activities. This will surely help khổng lồ bridge the gap between the public & the museum & provide people better understanding about royal life.

3. How lớn Get khổng lồ Royal Fine Arts Museum

There are many different types of transportation khổng lồ get lớn Hue đô thị. The most popular option is booking a flight to lớn Phu Bai airport which is just 15 km from Hue city. After that, you can take a taxi ride lớn the place which normally costs around VND 180.000. Or to lớn save your money, you can take the bus for only VND 40.000.

Besides, travelling by train khổng lồ Hue city is also a great way. Though it takes a lot more time khổng lồ Hue, it will bring you a better experience in Vietphái nam. You can see many beautiful places và go through different provinces of Vietphái mạnh.

4. Travel Tips

The museum is also called the Hue Museum of Royal Antiquities. This makes some tourists assume the objects are at minimum pre-date the Middle Ages. However, the collection here contains fine objects from post 1802 Nguyen Dynasty.Bringing cameras or taking pictures are not allowed in the museum.You can surely combine this place & the Imperial Enclosure as well as the Perfume River in a 1-day itinerary.

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So if you have time visiting Hue, don’t miss your chance lớn visit the Royal Fine Arts Museum – one of the very first museums in Vietphái mạnh. The journey of exploring a part of Vietnamese history is waiting for you.