An Dinh Palace
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An Dinh palace(Photo: Bao Minh)
Located by the bank of An Cuu canal, An Dinh palace used to be the private residence of Nguyen Phuc Buu Dao (later the king Khai Dinh). This construction was renovated in modern style between 1917-1919 and officially became the residence of the crown-prince Vinh Thuy (later Bao Dai king).
An Dinh palace(Photo: Bao Minh)
Address: 179 Phan Dinh Phung street, Hue city, Vietnam
Opening Time: Daily
Price: 50.000 VND/adult - Children: Free

An Dinh palace is located in Nguyen Hue street about 2km from city center. Being constructed in the area of over 23.460m2, An Dinh palace is one of the constructions in the palace system of Nguyen dynasty.

Emperor Khai Dinh (1916-1925) had the palace constructed on the basis of a small residence where he used to stay. The Emperor had passed away before An Dinh palace was completed.

Then, An Dinh Palace became the place where royal families received foreign delegations. Madam Tu Cung stayed in the palace in 1945-1950-1968-1975. At the palace, the traditional architecture of Nguyen dynasty still remains. Gothic architecture is also clearly shown through decoration styles and items such as pillars, archway, etc.


Located by the bank of An Cuu canal, An Dinh palace used to be the private residence of Nguyen Phuc Buu Dao (later the king Khai Dinh). This construction was renovated in modern style between 1917-1919 and officially became the residence of the crown-prince Vinh Thuy (later Bao Dai king).

After the Vietnamese liberation movement had forced his abdication in 1945, Bao Dai moved from the Imperial City to the An Dinh Palace with his mother Tu Cung, his wife and his children. Later, he settled permanently in Paris and his mother alone remained at the palace until the Southern contemporary government of Ngo Dinh Diem seized the palace after 1954. The former Queen Mother had to move and lived at the nearby smaller building until she died in 1980 without ever seeing Bao Dai again.

Hue Monuments Conservation Center (HMCC) had restored the palace facade and grounds in 2002 and also supported the restoration of its interiors. Two German non-profit associations directed the project at different phases, from 2003–2008. The association 'East meets West' (Ost trifft West e. V) supported an exhibition about the project, shown during the Hué Cultural Festival 2008. On-site work and the training scheme for fifteen local Vietnamese artists and artisans selected on merit were carried out under the aegis of the German Conservation, Restoration and Education Projects (GCREP) team, led by Chief Restorer and Project Manager, Ms. Andrea Teufel. 

The conservation and restoration of the wall and ceiling paintings at the An Dinh Palace was funded in the framework of the Cultural Preservation Programme maintained by Germany's Federal Foreign Office. The German Embassy in Hanoi steered and monitored the project. The trainees were gradually introduced to practical and theoretical aspects of conservation and restoration and proved indispensable to the success of the project.
The conservation and restoration of the An Dinh Palace were carried out strictly to UNESCO standards, in compliance with the internationally ratified Venice Charter – which is by no means a matter of course in Vietnam.


An Dinh palace is well-known by the beauty of sophisticated decoration at Khai Tuong pavilion. This three-storey building was constructed in European style by modern materials. Especially, the wall paintings at the first floor are seen as remarkable western style paintings survived in Vietnam from the early decades of XXth century. Ornamental motifs in the innermost rooms are lavish and opulent yet become more dainty and floral on the periphery. After many changes of function and interior design happened during and after the war, the building was seriously damaged, especially the interior decoration was covered by many different layers of new painting. 


Like other works constructed at the time, westernized construction materials were used in An Dinh palace. Entering the palace, visitors may feel like being lost in the house of a European noble family. Rooms, stairs and decorative patterns are away from traditional style. Grape leaves were used instead of dragon and phoenix patterns. Daisy and lotus patterns were replaced by rose ones.

There are totally 20 rooms inside the palace. What special are the living room and two reception rooms at the first floor. The 6 drawings which describe the tombs of Emperors, namely Gia Long, Minh Mang, Thieu Tri, Tu Duc, Khai Dinh and Dong Khanh are hung on the living room. Powder color drawings, surrounding glided frames, 26 archways of the living room were made from glided wood and meticulously decorated.

Perhaps, An Dinh palace is home to glided masterpieces. These drawings and glided patterns bring a cozy feeling and make visitors forget its western architecture. The second and third floor were the places where Madam Tu Cung stayed and worshiped gods.

Cuu Tu Dai house is a famous architecture which was home to ceramic interior decoration - a popular decoration style under Emperor Khai Dinh reign. For this reason, Emperor Khai Dinh was called "The son of pieces of ceramics" by French.

Deer and crocodiles were breed in the garden behind the main house. Today, An Dinh palace poem written by Emperor Khai Dinh in Autumn 1920 still can be found on the screen placed on the second floor.