An Dinh Palace Vietnam

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Built by his father Khai Dinh, An Dinh Palace was the last Hue abode of Bao Dai, the last Nguyen Dynasty King. He lived here following his abdication in favour of Ho Chi Minh's Communists in 1945. Cung An Dinh or An Dinh Palace was commissioned by Khai Dinh, Vietnam’s second last emperor, in the early twentieth century. He's said to have taken an active interest in French architectural styles and this is on display both here and at his tomb in the countryside 10kms from Hue. An Dinh Palace was almost totally ruined during its post 1975 life as the Hue Labour Union headquarters. The main palace building was recently restored as part of a German Government aid project where international specialists trained locals in restoration techniques. Their work was especially focused on six large paintings of the Hue countryside commissioned by Khai Dinh. These are a highlight of a visit, along with the building's ornate interior and exterior work.


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