Located in a prime location (58 Nguyen Phuc Nguyen street, Xuan Hoa village, Huong Long commune, Hue city) facing the romantic Huong river, An Hien garden house is considered the most beautiful garden house ever in Hue ancient capital.
Besides the architectures of the citadel, the royal palace and the royal tombs … An Hien garden house still keeps its own beauty, with the aristocratic essence and traditional folk colors. Over a century of existence, An Hien remains almost intact both in landscape and architecture.
An Hien garden house is designed as a typical model of Hue garden architecture, and strongly influenced by feng shui law.
As one of the most famous garden houses in Hue, An Hien was built at the end of the 19th century. Initially, the house belonged to the 18th princess of Duc Duc king. In 1920, An Hien was under the management of Mr. Tung Le. In 1936, Nguyen Dinh Chi was the owner of the house sold from Mr. Tung Le. In 1940, Nguyen Dinh Chi died and left Dao Thi Xuan Yen (his wife) the garden house. Ms. Dao Thi Xuan Yen is also the longest owner An Hien garden house.
An Hien’s garden house entrance is a small archway built with mortar bricks. Along the access path are two rows of white plums, soaring and covering the shade. 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.
The main architecture of An Hien garden house is a house consisting of three compartments and two lean-tos, located almost in the center. All indoor frame structures are made of wood. Delicate sculpted patterns carved surround the main column, the house’s rafter system. The roof tile is multi-layer, two sides is covered with dragons, and in the middle of the roof is a lotus shape. In particular, the ancient furniture in the house is always neat and tidy. Discovering An Hien garden house will surely be one of the most unforgettable things when returning to Hue dreamland.