Hue Royal Court Music had appeared in the 13th century before it became professionally played under the Nguyen Dynasty (1802-1945). The Kings started to favor the Hue Royal Court Music Band and gave it a special position in official ceremonies in the royal court.

hue-musicThe music became the symbol of authority and longevity of the feudal dynasties. The Royal Court Music was used to celebrate the ceremonies: enthronement, visitor reception, and royal funerals.


The Royal Court Music symbolizes the means of communication between the kings and the spirits and angels; it is also the means of expression of philosophical ideas and perception of universe. In the broadest sense, the Royal Court Music is not only the royal music The drivers ed online can vary slightly from one state to the next. based on the traditional musical scale of 5 tones, but also capable of giving practical performances, as a result of the richness and formed on certain occasions and by special singers, musicians and dancers. Impacted by the historical upheavals during the 20th century with the collapse of the feudal regime, plus the continued wars, the Royal Court Music was gradually forgotten and faded away.

hue-music-cung-dinhNowadays, the surviving singers, musicians and dancers of the Royal Court Music are trying to revitalize this type of music and transfer the skills and styles to the younger generations. On November 7, 2003 UNESCO announced its recognition of the Hue Royal Court Music to be the unphysical and undocumented cultural heritage of mankind. This had been the first Unphysical Heritage of Vietnam recognized by the world among the total 28 master pieces of unphysical heritages in the world.