With amazing landscapes and vestiges of the Feudal time, Hue is always on the list of must-visit cities in Vietnam. Once coming here, don't miss the chance to enjoy its signature performing art called “Hue Royal Refined Music”.
Hue Royal Refined Music or Nha Nhac Cung Dinh Hue means “elegant music of the Hue royalty” in Vietnamese. In royal events, this performing art usually appeared at the opening and closing ceremonies. Its orchestra includes musicians wearing ao dai and turban who play traditional instruments like the erhu, flute, and 16-string zither, etc.
Back in the 19th century, this genre was considered the national music because it showed the royal dynasty’s influence in every aspect of life. Interestingly, despite the word “royal" in its name, this genre was prevalent among both aristocrats and commoners.
Hue Royal Refined Music is a crucial part of the Hue Festival
Instruments of Hue Royal Refined Music
Hue Royal Refined Music first appeared in the Ly Dynasty (1010-1225) but was officially performed during the Le Dynasty (1427-1788). However, it was not until the Nguyen Dynasty (1802- 1945) that Hue Royal Refined Music reached its peak and became a symbolic form of music in Vietnamese royalty. The Nguyen kings classified it into seven types and each became an indispensable part of a specific ritual.
For instance, Te Giao is for offering worship to Earth and Heaven while Dai Trieu Nhac is for special occasions or welcome ceremonies. In 2003, Hue Royal Refined Music was recognized by UNESCO as a Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage. At present, it has been introduced to the world and has a strong reputation for its uniqueness.
Hue Royal Refined Music in the Nguyen Dynasty
Built nearly 200 years ago under the Nguyen Dynasty, this is the first theater to organize performances of Hue Royal Refined Music. It was also a venue for other performing arts like Vietnamese opera and dance. Nowadays, apart from being a theater, it offers an exhibition, a souvenir shop, and royal cuisine. After seeing the performance, you can have a tour around the famous Imperial Citadel of Hue.
Address: The Imperial Citadel, Phu Hau, Hue City
Showtime: 10 AM - 10:40 AM; 3 PM - 3:40 PM
Ticket price: VND 200,000
The majesty, solemnity, and sacredness here will impress you
This bilingual announcement will inform you about the showtime and ticket price
When the sun goes down and the lights go up, the Perfume River is sparkled with all colors of the stylized dragon boats. These transports unhurriedly drift in the mist while the audience attentively watches the appealing music show, making a wonderful experience. Each show lasts for one hour, including sight-seeing time and time for releasing lanterns into the Perfume River.
Address: Toa Kham Boat Station, 49 Le Loi Street, Phu Hoi, Hue City
Showtime: from 7 PM or 8 PM
Ticket price: VND 100,000
These dragon boats will captivate your attention
Don't forget to view the city’s nightlife from a different perspective
Distinctive and historic as it is, Hue Royal Refined Music is a form of art that you will not find anywhere else. In comparison with catchy and vibrant songs on music charts, Hue Royal Refined Music might seem outdated and unattractive. But once you sense the serene ambiance of Hue City, you will feel the music's power even without understanding a single word.
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