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Nine Dynastic Urns

near the The To Mieu Temple | inside the Imperial Enclosure, Hue, Vietnam
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Ranked #11 of 33 Attractions in Hue
Type: Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Cultural
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

Very interesting and good exercise, take a good guide book/guide if you are interested in history and Vietnam and this is a great way to spend a day.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Especially like the details on each urn depicting flora, fauna, nature, daily life back then, etc. like rain, rainbow, plum blossoms, horse carriage...

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

This is the most valuable. This is Vietnam 's Encyclopedia. It will be fun and enlightening if you have a few Royal Urns (Cửu đỉnh) information before come to appreciate this precious object. Because you can read the meaning of symbols that adorn Urns. Nine Dynastic Urns are 1. Cao đỉnh (高 鼎); 2. Nhân đỉnh (仁 鼎); 3. Chương... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

These large Urns stand in the forecourt of the To Mieu Temple - in the South West corner of the Forbidden Purple City. Each one represents a different Emperor. There are also 2 phone box type structures in the same courtyard, housing dragons. This is the best part of the Imperial forbidden city, turn right as soon as you enter... More

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Durham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

Huge funerary urns - worth a walk in the Imperial city to view these. Finely decorated they represent nine Emperors.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014

This temple complex is dedicated to the scholars, though it's uncertain what this entails. The urns are impressive though of obscure intent, compared to other temples where objects have a specific purpose. It does take nice photos, in the sense that there are few other close range objects in the entire complex to give photos perspective.

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Anglesea, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014

They are all in great condition and made of bronze. All different and one had a cannon in bass relief. All of the handles mean something and I am unsure why all of the Kings didn't get one.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

I posted some pictures to give an idea of the casting detail on these. The pictures were, to me, the stand out feature of these enormous works. Be sure to read or get from your guide their history, which adds vital background to highlight their relevance and importance. I only gave 3 stars not to belittle the works, but I... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

Vietnam had long and continuous histories in the world. From the beginning, Vietnam was established and developed under 9 Hung Kings. Hue-ancient capital still remained their uurns. My family and I visited all 9 uurns to show our respect to them. Every corner was beautiful. The whole place was in good maintenance. Coming here helped us to revive a part... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

I think that every corner of the Citadel is interesting but I'm not sure if every one deserves a review and detailed mentions. This uurns are nice but I guess that everything that I saw there is also fantastic (the museum is so so). It's a must see in Hue. Even if you don't have time to enroll a tour... More

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