Home to the Nguyen Emperors who ruled Vietnam from 1802 to 1945, the
central city of Hue became a key cultural centre, attracting the country’s best
craftspeople, entertainers and artists, as well as leading scholars and monks.
In response to the nobles’ thirst for luxury and learning, everything from architecture
to dance to cuisine was modified and refined, creating a distinctive court culture
that remains evident to this day.
Artisans and trades-people established specialized villages around Hue that produced
wares ranging from bronze temple objects to incense sticks. While some of these
traditional trades have been abandoned, many of the villages remain, as do the
dozens of pagodas once patronized by Hue’s royals and mandarins. Drive from
the Royal Citadel to Hue’s most sacred site, the early 17th century Thien Mu
(Celestial Lady) Pagoda, and you’ll pass through green countryside that once
served as imperial gardens, and villages founded by the Nguyen monarchs.
This road will also bring you to Ancient Hue, a 2,000-square-meter site devoted
to Hue’s ancient arts, cuisine and culture.
Celebrating Hue’s ancient
arts, cuisine and culture
Mandarin scholar at the court
In line with traditional design, the complex’s central courtyard features ceremonial
bronze urns, a well and a lotus pond, around which are positioned five authentic Hue houses that date from the 1800s and early 1900s. Named after five nearby villages, these royal houses allow visitors to glimpse Hue’s splendid past and to experience the court’s enduring cultural legacy. In the beautiful wooden house of Kim
Long (Golden Dragon), visitors will find a museum featuring local antiques and artifacts, while the neighboring clay-roofed house of Van Thanh (Land of Knowledge) has been turned into an art gallery that hosts exhibitions
by Vietnam’s best-known artists.
The central pavilion of Van Xuan (Land of Spring) houses a luxurious upstairs restaurant and a relaxing open-air bar in an impressive wooden building that resembles the Peace Palace in Hue’s Royal Citadel. Next door lie the beautifully outfitted Ngoc Ho (The Pearl), a smaller, air-conditioned restaurant for VIP groups, and Gia Vien (Precious Creatures), an intricately carved wooden structure that takes its name from the nearby village once charged with safeguarding the emperor’s collection of rare and exotic animals. Classic, Indochina-style furnishings, art and antiques add to the pavilions’ gracious atmosphere.
A museum of local antiques and artifacts Five traditional houses are set in 2,000 square meters of lush gardens
The Nguyen emperors’ banquets were legendary, with some feasts said to have
included 300 rare dishes served in more than a thousand bowls. To satisfy the nobles’ craving for variety, Hue’s royal cooks specialized in small, bite-sized morsels, developing delectable appetizers and snack foods unique to this region. Delicate sweet and spicy flavors and an abundance of fresh produce and seafood
characterize Hue cuisine.
At Ancient Hue, visitors can sample local delights like banh beo, tiny rice flour parcels
topped with shrimp flakes and pork crackling, and banh khoai, fried rice-flour pancakes stuffed with shrimp, pork and bean sprouts, and innovative fusion cuisine. Trained at a fivestar hotel, Ancient Hue’s chef mixes local specialties with Asian and
European flavors to create memorable modern-day royal feasts.
Rounding out the fine dining experience are creative cocktails that blend premium liquors with local fruits and an impressive international wine list. Groups may also wish to arrange cooking classes with our expert chefs, focusing on select local dishes and royal cuisine.
Garupa filet with caramel sauce
Delicate sweet - spicy flavors in abundance
Seafood mixed salad
Creative cocktails that blend premium liquors with local fruits
Vietnamese blended teas
Roasted squid stuffed with chicken mousse
SERVICES & ENTERTAINMENT
With a total seating capacity of 210, Ancient Hue is equipped to offer
high-end dining and cultural experiences for tour and MICE groups, as well
as for weddings, banquets and corporate events. Independent travelers
are also welcome, and will enjoy Ancient Hue’s romantic ambiance and intimate dining areas. Our central courtyard features shaded seating space and is a beautiful setting for evening performances of Hue’s classical dances and court music.
Visitors will also enjoy cocktails beside the lotus-covered pond.
And Gia Vien pavilion provides a picturesque setting for afternoon coffee and cakes. Open 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily, we offer a full range of dining and leisure options. More
than a restaurant, Ancient Hue is a cultural complex devoted to creating
unique travel experiences. devoted to creating unique travel experiences
Royal court dancers c1910
FACILITIES AT A GLANCE
• 2,000 square meter site
• buffets, set menus, coffee breaks for up to 150 people
indoors and 60 outdoors in the courtyard
• cocktail parties for up to 300 people
indoors and 150 outdoors
• air-conditioned VIP seating for 36
• cocktails in the art gallery for up to
• Royal Cuisine cooking classes from
2 to 20 people
Ancient Hue restaurant
Reservation (+4-4) - 3 7164132