Ngo Mon Gate (Noon Gate) Hue

Ngo Mon Gate- Culture Pham Travel

Ngo Mon Gate Hue

Ngo Mon Gate is also called the Noon Gate Hue, an important entrance in the Hue Imperial Citadel. The Noon Gate Hue was only for the emperors, civil servants, military servants use in some important ceremonies.

Ngo Mon Gate- Culture Pham Travel
Ngo Mon Gate- Culture Pham Travel

In December 1993, the Whole Complex of Hue Monument was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visiting Hue City, tourists are highly recommended to visit Hue Imperial City (The Citadel), a name used to refer to the Imperial City and the Forbidden Purple City. Also, Hue Imperial Citadel is the home of Vietnam’s last royal dynasty lasting 143 years from 1802 to 1945.

Noon Gate Hue Structure

The Foundation

Ngo Mon (Noon Gate), one of four entrances to the Imperial City. Built-in 1833 under the reign of Minh Mang Emperor, “Ngo Mon” is not only the main entrance but also the face of the Imperial City of Hue. “Ngo Mon” was only opened when Emperors came in and out of the Imperial City followed by imperial guards. Besides, it was also opened when welcoming the foreign envoys.

The noon Gate Hue

“Ngo Mon” Structure has two main parts: the foundation and the Five-Phoenix Pavilion that are U-shaped. The foundation of “Ngo Mon” was made of wooden-hammer brick, blue stone from “Thanh Hoa” Province, and brass.

Ngo Mon Gate- Culture Pham Travel

The middle of the foundation has 3 parallel ways. “Ngo Mon” is for the Emperors. “Ta Giap Mon” (Left Giap Mon Gate) and “Huu Giap Mon” (Right Giap Mon Gate) are for the civil and military mandarins in the imperial guards. On 2 wings, there are 2 more ways named “Ta Dich Mon” and “Huu Dich Mon” for the soldieries, elephants, and horses. 

Ngu Phung Palace

Next, we will visit the rostrum of “Ngo Mon Gate” which is commonly called Ngu Phung Palace– comparing as 5 phoenixes perching next to each other. Obviously, it is just a way to name an image taken from ancient tales. In fact, Ngu Phung Palace is an architectural complex of 9 roofs connecting seamlessly together.

Ngu Phung Palace Hue

The middle roof of Ngu Phung Palace was roofed with yellow tiles as the Emperors would be sitting here on important occasions. The rest of the 8 roofs were roofed with green tiles since these are places for the mandarins.

The Noon Gate Hue

Here, in the past, there used to be many important ceremonies of the Nguyen Dynasty, like the “Ban Soc” Ceremony (Emperors gave the royal people new calendar of the year), “Truyen Lo” Ceremony (Emperors declared the new doctor after competitions), etc. 

Trung Dao Bridge

Leaving Ngo Mon gate, we will then reach Trung Dao Bridge. This is a bridge crossing a charming lake named Thai Dich Lake. On the bridgehead, there are two huge “Nghi Mon” (the main gate) made of bronze with extraordinary inscriptions of dragons hidden in clouds. It is the symbol of the harmony of the emperor with people and servants.

Noon Gate Hue Vietnam

After crossing two “Nghi Mon”, visitors will catch sight of an immense courtyard, called “Dai Trieu Nghi” (Esplanade of Great Salutation).

How to visit Ngo Mon Gate Vietnam?

Normally, tourists visit Ngo Mon Gate, they always would like to visit Hue Imperial City and Forbidden City. If you just visit Ngo Mon Gate and other beautiful monuments, you have to buy entrance tickets. Hue Imperial Citadel complex costs 200,000 VND/ person. Moreover, there are the combo-tickets including Hue Imperial Citadel, Hue Royal Tombs as well. It would be cheaper than you buy separate tickets at each site.

You can refer to our article Hue Entrance fee to get detailed information about the entrance tickets. If you would like to visit all the highlights of Hue in 1 day, you should have a look at our Hue Tours. We highly recommend the Hue City Private Tour or Hue City tour by private car. we are sure that you will have a great experience in Hue with our best services!


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