The To Mieu, or To Mieu Temple, is a temple that was constructed as per the requirement of Emperor Minh Hang in the 1820s. It is a shrine dedicated to previous Emperors of the Nguyen Dynasty. This is the Dynasty who built the Imperial Enclosure and claimed Hue as the Capital City of Vietnam. Their Urns are present in the temple. Each Urn is designed in an aesthetic like those of the Chinese Xia, Shang and Zhou Dynasties.
This enclosed courtyard is in the South-West of the Imperial Enclosure. The Hien Lam Pavilion stands along the south side of the courtyard. To Mieu Temple is located on the opposite side of the Courtyard. Inside of the Nine Dynastic Urns, each dedicated to an Emperor of the legendary Nguyen Dynasty. The Urns represent the strength, vitality and security provided by the dynasty. The central Urn is one of the Dynasty’s founders Gia Long. It is the most adorned Urn of the collection.
The Temple is still well-preserved and easily accessed from the main area of the Imperial Enclosure. There are various portraits and artefacts shown in the temple which were kept or collected by various Emperors of the Dynasty. It is one of the biggest attractions in the Imperial City and is one to not be missed while in Hue.
To Mieu Temple is located at Le Huan, Phu Hau, Thanh Pho Hue, Thua Thien Hue. Openings hours are 07:00-17:00. Conservative dress code is recommended.