Tiger Arena

This arena was built in 1830 with the wall round of 5.90m high and 4.50m thick surrounding it. The wall itself enclosed a stadium. The King’s seat, which was built higher, faces to the south, opposing five tiger cages.

This used to be the place where duels between trained elephants and tigers were organized for the entertainment of the Nguyen Court and the public. It was also the main training site of fighting elephants. Before combat, all at the tiger’s sharp teeth and claws were cut off. Therefore, it was the tigers that were always trampled and killed by the elephants in those fights to the death. The triumph of the elephants was likened to the power of the Emperor and the Court.

 
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