Hue citadel revives guard mounting ceremony of the Nguyen Dynasty

Hue citadel holds Nguyen Dynasty's guard mounting ceremony every 8:30 am in the Meridian Gate (Ngọ Môn).

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When visiting Hue citadel, besides the activity of admiring the antique and solemn citadel, visitors may choose to enjoy the revival of Nguyen Dynasty’s soldier mounting ceremony performed by artists from Hue Traditional Royal Theater of Art. (Photo: VN Express)
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According to Hue Monuments Conservation Center, the ceremony is performed by a team of soldiers, including a captain, a military officer, and 12 soldiers. Because the show is a reenactment ceremony, there is a small orchestra of 7 artists accompanying the group of soldiers. (Photo: VN Express)
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The photo captures the scene when the military officer leads the group of soldiers and musicians and chairs the ceremony. (Photo: VN Express)
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The ceremony starts at 8:30 am every day. The groups start from Meridian Gate (Ngọ Môn) and pass Five-Phoenix Pavilion (Lầu Ngũ Phụng). (Photo: VN Express)
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Then, the team pass Thai Hoa Palace, then returned to Duyet Thi Duong Royal Theater and finish the ceremony at 9 am. (Photo: VN Express)
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According to the book named Kham Dinh Dai Nam Hoi Dien Su Le (the book to store all political documents of the dynasty), under the Nguyen dynasty, the guard and turn of soldiers were strictly regulated. The guard who did not complete his mission would be scolded. (Photo: VN Express)
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The orchestra plays the piece named “Dang Dan Cung” (Nguyen Dynasty’s national anthem) throughout the ceremony. (Photo: VN Express)
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In addition to helping visitors get a deeper understanding of the activities in the forbidden palace of the Nguyen Dynasty, this activity also contributes to preserving and promoting the intangible cultural value of Hue citadel’s heritage. (Photo: VN Express)