5/50.- Hue, the Royal Citadel, the Midday Gate


The Royal Citadel of Hue occupies almost 1,000 acres of land. The Citadel is surrounded by 20 feet high walls made of stone. The walls have ten gates. Each of these gates is named according to the direction it points to.

The main entry gate is the Midday Gate, or Ngo Mon. It was constructed during the reign of Emperor Minh Mang, in 1833. As you can see in the picture, the gate has five entrances. The central one was used only by the king himself. The others were used by soldiers and horses.

On a second floor is the Five-Phoenix Pavilion, from where the king reviewed his troops.

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