An Hien Garden House

Located at 58 Nguyen Phuc Nguyen Street, close to Thien Mu pagoda, An Hien Garden House is the most quintessential one with outstanding architecture and many historic and cultural values.

An Hien Garden House
Address: 58 Nguyen Phuc Nguyen street, Huong Long ward, Hue city
Opening time:  8:00am – 5:00pm
Entrance ticket: 35,000 VND/ person

Traditional Balanced Architecture

Despite having undergone ups and downs of history and the rigors of time, now, it is still a remarkable architecture in Hue. The area of the garden house is 4,608 square meters.

An Hien Garden House gate acrosses Perfume River so it gets the good Fengshui. In Vietnam, we think if your houses get perfect Fengshui, your family will flourish and become healthy. The garden house’s entrance is a small archway made out of mortar bricks which leads straight into the garden. Along the entrance stands two lines of apricot intertwined together and providing green shade down all the path. Turn left and pass the old style screen decorated with “Tho” words, a rectangular lake completely covered by water lilies, lotus flowers and surrounding plants.

Located almost in the center, the main house includes three compartments and two lean-tos. All indoor frame structures are made of wood. Delicate sculpted patterns carved surround the main column, the house’s rafter system. Tiles on the roof are laminated with dragons flanking on top of edge sides, and the middle of the rooftop has decorated a lotus. Besides, the ancient furniture in the house is always neat and tidy. Right in front of the main house is the small pond full of water lilies. It is not only for decoration, Fengshui, but also to be a natural air-conditioner which makes weather cooler in the summer and warmer in the wintertime.

An Hien Garden House is such a truly ecological space when most of the space covered by the trees bringing the flavors of all four seasons. Various kinds of fruits was grown in here like lychee from the North of Vietnam, mangosteen, durian, jackfruit, and dragon fruits from the South and strawberry and fig in Central Vietnam. Several trees in the garden are dozens of years old. The main architecture feature of the garden house is a balanced combination between human and nature.

 

A Little Museum of History and Culture

As one of the most famous garden houses in Hue, designed in the typical architectural style in the city, An Hien Garden House still retains its own beauty which reflects the aristocratic and traditional essences. Over a century of existence, An Hien remains the same in both landscape and architecture. This is one of the well-known tourist destinations that visitors cannot miss when coming to Hue.

The garden house has aged more than hundred years ago, which witnessed the historic change of Hue city. The garden house has been owned by many princes, princesses, mandarins and upper class in Hue but it still retains its original values.

Originally,  An Hien was built as the palace of the 18th princess of King Duc Duc. In 1895, Mr. Pham Dang Khanh, grandson of Thai Empress Dowager Tu Du (Pham Thi Hang) began to consolidate An Hien Garden House. In 1920, Mr. Khanh sold the entire garden house to Kham Diep. 16 years later, Kham Diep's son sold An Hien Garden House to Nguyen Dinh Chi, the head of Ha Tinh province. In 1940, Mrs. Dao Thi Xuan Yen who is Mr. Dinh Chi's wife continued to manage and take care this garden house until she died in 1997. This is the place where Mr. and Mrs. Dinh Chi received hundreds of domestic and foreign guests when they visited or worked in Hue.

Currently, An Hien Garden House is officially owned by Silk Path Hotels & Resorts. It has been restored but still retains the typical inherent identity and architecture bearing the cultural and historical value of the Ancient Capital.

When entering An Hien Garden House, everyone feels like living in a cultural space of Hue. It can be said that the the garden house contains all humanistic values and lifestyle of the elite in that time. An Hien is like a "cultural museum" with many precious memorabilia and artifacts of the Nguyen Dynasty and the aristocrat. The ancient bibliographies, ordinances, diplomas, poems carved on precious wood materials, mother-of-pearl inlays, non-couplets and tureen banners which are historical values ​​carefully preserved in spite of the change of time.

 

Witnessing the history of Hue, this place has still remained its tranquil and peaceful beauty through many years. Visitors can enjoy the feeling of being separate, relaxed, home-style, sticky garden that poetic, peaceful and quiet. Discovering An Hien garden is for sure to be one of the most unforgettable things as returning to romantic Hue city.

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