|View inside the palace. Courtesy Photo of Huế Monuments Conservation Centre|Viet Nam News
THỪA THIÊN- HUẾ — The Huế Monuments Conservation Centre on Thursday exhibited daily items that once were used by the country’s last two kings in a palace the kings used to live in prior to their coronation.
The items were displayed to celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the monument.
The objects were taken from their permanent place – Huế Museum of Royal Antiquities – to An Định Palace for exhibition by the centre so that visitors could get a closer look at the private daily activities of the kings by matching the items they used with their home before they assumed the throne.
Both the museum and the palace are under the management of the conservation centre, which is a local government body that controls all heritage monuments built by the kings of the Nguyễn Dynasty (1802-1945) in Huế.
According to Phan Thanh Hải, the centre’s director, the exhibition marks 100 years of the existence of the palace, and at the same time, celebrates Việt Nam Heritage Day, which is on November 23 every year.
However, Hải did not reveal the closing time of the exhibition.
Khải Định, the dynasty’s 12th king, and Bảo Đại, the 13th king, used to live in the building before they were crowned kings of the country’s last monarchy. Built in 1917, An Định Palace lies separately on the southern bank of Hương River, away from the citadel on the northern bank. It was the residence of Nguyễn Phúc Bửu Đảo, who later became Khải Định King, and Nguyễn Phúc Vĩnh Thụy, who later became Bảo Đại King.
Today, the palace is a destination for monument tour programmes in Huế. — VNS
|The outer view of the palace. Photo tapchisonghuong.vn|