The Hue Centre for Monument Conservation has thrown open to tourists An Dinh Palace, where the country's last king, Bao Dai of the Nguyen dynasty (1802-1945), and his family lived from 1945 to 1955.
The palace was built in 1917-1918 by King Khai Dinh.
After August 1945 it had became the home of King Bao Dai's mother and his family. In 1954, after Bao Dai was dismissed, the palace was seized by the Sai Gon administration. Bao Dai's mother bought a house close to the palace to live there until she died.
After 1975 the revolutionary authorities took it over and gave the palace back to Bao Dai's mother, but she donated it to the government. Since then the palace was managed by the Hue Workers' Cultural House until it was handed over to the conservation centre.-VNS