Built in 1923, Tu Phuong Vo Su Pavillion, a two-storey building with colonial style is one of historical marks of the Hue Imperial City. It deserves to be one of the most impressive Hue attractions for tourists who would like to enjoy the peaceful atmosphere and explore the unique architecture.
Let’s discover it with Bee Bee Travel below!
Located on the Bac Khuyet bastion, it is close to Hoa Binh Gate – the North gate of Hue Imperial City. Moreover, the tower sits on the “Than Dao” northwest – southeast axis of the Hue Citadel, which helps connecting the most important work in the Nguyen Dynasty’s kingdom.
In 1804, under the reign of Gia Long Emperor, Tu Phuong Vo Su Building originally meant to be Tu Thong Temple which was the observatory of Imperial guard. Undergone many periods, due to its badly ruined condition, it was torn down.
Consequently, after being on the throne, Khai Dinh Emperor decided to create the new face of the Imperial City. As a result, he had construct a series of architectural works – the product of East-West cultural interference.
In 1923, to prepare for the 40th birthday ceremony of Khai Dinh Emperor in 1924, he had built Tu Phuong Vo Su Building.
As a result, in the late of Nguyen Dynasty, Tu Phuong Vo Su Building was not only the place where king and royal family sightsaw in their free time, but also the daily studying site of the princes and princesses.
However, it suffered serious damages during the two Indochine wars, especially during the Tet Mau Than Offensive in 1968.
Nowadays, with strong support from UNESCO, the Hue Monuments Conservation Centre coordinated with the Museum of Vietnamese History started the restoration of this building in December 2008. They finally opened it on October 6, 2010.
It was one of the typical architectural works built under the French colonial period. Furthermore, it marked a transitional period in the history of Vietnam architecture in the first half of the 20th century.
According to the history, the name Tu Phuong Vo Su meant that “A Place with no worry!”. Furthermore, it expressed the peaceful aspiration of the Nguyen, although the sovereignty of the Nguyen dynasty was nearly over.
What do you expect to see at Tu Phuong Vo Su nowadays ?
First and foremost, at the end of your walking tour in Hue Imperial city, you shall see a two-storey building. There lies a typical Asia-Europe fusion influenced work in early 20th century behind the foundation of Kien Trung Palace.
When approaching the building, you will see new style gardens in both sides East and West.
All floors, walls, construction techniques are in Europe style. The building is entirely built by brick and cement. Besides, the upstairs has balcony around, the downstairs has porch.
Interestingly, you will be blown away by the unique roof and skilful decorative vignettes of Tu Phuong Vo Su Building. Because of East Asia bold architecture with the image of sun in the middle and two dragons in two sides.
Furthermore, standing on the second floor, you can get the good view of the North of the Imperial City and observe the peaceful life of citizen.
Turning back, you will enjoy a great view of lakes, trees and undulating structure in the Imperial City.
When visiting Hue Imperial City, it’s impossible to miss Tu Phuong Vo Su Building. There is nothing wonderful than sitting on the building, enjoying a glass of fragrant coffee, listening to royal music and contemplating the Imperial City. You should take your time to explore it to enjoy the beauty of architecture and historical values in here.