Hue garden house is a special type of architectural heritage in the ancient capital. Hue garden house has both aristocratic quintessence and traditional folk colors. An Hien is the most typical of the 7 remaining garden houses, located at 58 Nguyen Phuc Nguyen Street a few hundred meters from Thien Mu Pagoda, in the historic Kim Long land on the north bank of the Perfume River.
An Hien garden is now almost square, with an area of 4.608 m2. The ground of the land has been planned and built according to the traditional architectural principles of the East, Vietnam, and Hue. The path from the entrance to the house is 34m long and is bordered by 2 rows of apricot trees on both sides interlocking to create a deep suction, a deep and tranquil impression.
With a well-organized layout, the architectural works are not many but are arranged in a standard way. In the middle of the garden is a house with 3 rooms and 2 wings with a very exemplary design, structure, carving, and interior decoration. The main function of this ancient house is to worship and receive guests, in the middle pavilion is decorated with altars according to the principle of "Tien Phat Hau Linh".
In the house, the late owners decorated the antique tables and chairs, and the old tea cabinets and hung many horizontal lacquered boards for the literary, artistic and ethical contents. The entire main compartment of the house is combined with limestone wood, solid jackfruit wood, completely bonded (without screws). For more than 106 years, wood and structures have been free from termites and damage from household items to fine wood carving.
In front of the yard is a very large shallow tank and a large screen, both representing the elements of feng shui in architecture and increasing the aesthetic values of the whole project. An Hien is a private house and also a place frequented by many intellectuals, and honor guests. Of course, An Hien contains both cultural and spiritual values, the lifestyle of respectable people.
Throughout the garden, generations of owners have planted dozens of high-class souvenir trees, fruit trees from all three regions of the North, Central, and South, and hundreds of species of precious flowers, alternately blooming in all 4 seasons. Most of the plants in the garden were gifts from the guests from the North to the South to Ms. Dao Thi Xuan Yen at the time. You can pick fruits and eat them in the garden, but you are not allowed to bring them back.
Coming to this house at 58 Nguyen Phuc Nguyen Street, if you are lucky, you will be served by a maid who has served Ms. Dao Thi Xuan Yen since childhood to tell stories about her, about the etiquette in the house and her communication rituals at that time for the guests coming to the house... Then you will be surprised at the verses from the poetry of the beloved Hue people and how close they are.