An Hien Garden House Thua Thien Hue

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Garden House is one of the multiple tourist attractions in Hue that outstands from garden houses in other places in Vietnam. Among the garden house in Hue, An Hien Garden House is the most typical house that remains its original and standards of a Garden House in Hue.

An Hien Garden House is located in 68 Nguyen Phuc Nguyen in the historic Kim Long land on the north bank of Huong River. An Hien faces Huong River and resides near Thien Mu, one of the most well-known cultural sites in Thua Thien Hue.

The Garden Houses in the past were mostly built for mandarins and royal relatives when Lord Nguyen Phuc Lan chose Kim Long as the capital of Dang Trong (Inner Place).

Initially, the owner of the house was a princess’ who was a daughter of King Duc Duc. It was later sold for Pham Dang Khanh (Mr. Thap)

Who was a nephew of Queen Mother Tu Du. It experienced many other owners until its last one was Mrs Xuan Yen. An Hien Garden House used to be the place that Mrs Xuan Yen greeted the mandarins and important persons in government, also the place for her to have leisure time.


The whole structure of the garden house is almost square with the total area of 4,608m2. It was designed after the traditional Vietnamese architecture and Hue style.

Especially it follows Feng-Shui rules, which make the harmony among 5 elements Earth, Water, Fire, Metal, Wood. In the middle of the garden lies the house with 3-section form with high standard design and furnishing. The house’s main function is for guests greetings and worshipping.

An Hien garden house is also known as the garden she Tuan Chi. After Ms. Xuan Yen passed away in 1997, architectural space remains its antique features.

Entrance to the garden is a small gate painted in gray, built by the vaulted brick with lime. Both sides are white plum tree rows knitting their branches together creating an arch.

At the end of the path is decorated wall and a pond. Surrounding the lake are flower bushes and white plum blossom. On the other side are dozens of orchids with different kinds.

The green space of the garden creates a pure and peaceful ambience for the people who enjoy.
Initially, the owner of the house was a princess’ who was a daughter of King Duc Duc. It was later sold for Pham Dang Khanh (Mr. Thap) who was a nephew of Queen Mother Tu Du.

It experienced many other owners until its last one was Mrs Xuan Yen. An Hien Garden House used to be the place that Mrs Xuan Yen greeted the mandarins and important persons in government, also the place for her to have leisure time.

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