Nine Dynastic Urns
Immerse yourself in Vietnam’s cultural heritage by visiting the Nine Dynastic Urns — nine well-preserved bronze urns that can be found near the The Mieu Temple.
Emperor Minh Mang cast the nine dynastic urns in 1836 to symbolise the sovereignty of the dynasty, and the urns are considered as the greatest and most popular bronze ones in the country. Each urn features 17 traditional Vietnamese patterns such as stars, rivers, mountains, seas and oceans, vehicles, and valuable forest and sea products. The total of 153 patterns in the nine urns almost constitute a comprehensive encyclopaedia of the country, with the patterns very much observable and well-preserved in spite being exposed to a number of wars and harsh weather conditions.
Each of the Nine Dynastic Urns is named after the posthumous title of the emperors who once worshipped at the The Mieu Temple. The Cao Urn is named after Emperor The To Cao (Gia Long), Nhan Urn after Emperor Thanh To Nhan (Minh Mang), the urns Chuong, Anh, Nghi, Tuyen, and Thuan after Emperors Thieu Tri, Tu Duc, Kien Phuoc, Dong Khanh and Khai Dinh respectively.
The Nine Dynastic Urns can be found near the The Mieu Temple, inside the Imperial Closure, Hue, Vietnam.
Opening Days and Hours
You can visit the Urns every day from 08:00 to 18:00.
Entry Fee and Bookings
A visit to the Urns is included in the entrance fee to the Citadel.
How to Get There
- Fly into Hue from Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh via Vietnam Airlines.
- From the airport, hire a taxi going to the city centre to book a tour or a motorbike going to the Citadel, and then walk to the Nine Dynastic Urns.
- Backpackers/solo travelers
- Group of friends
Time to Spend
The average time spent on this attraction is around 1 to 2 hours.
Popularity and Best Time to Go
The best time to visit the urns is from 15:00 to 16:00.
There are a number of food options located near the urns, including the Les Jardins de la Carambole, Ghita Cafe, Di Nhien Tea House, and Le Parfum.
- The Mieu Temple
- Hue Imperial City (The Citadel)
- Thai Hoa Palace
The nearest accommodations options can be found around 1 kilometre away from the urns, which include the Thanh Noi Hotel, La Residence Hue Hotel & Spa, Green Hotel Hue, and Mondial Hotel Hue. Prices range from USD 22 to USD 143 per night.