Court of Imperial Entertainments

The Court of Imperial Entertainments (also known as the Court of the Imperial Banquets) was a central government agency in several imperial Chinese, inner Asian and Vietnamese dynasties. It was generally in charge of catering for the imperial household, central government officials, and imperial banquets honoring foreign envoys and other dignitaries. In China the office was created during the Northern Qi dynasty (550–577) and continued until the Qing dynasty (1636–1912). In Vietnam it was created by Lê Thánh Tông in 1466, and continued until the Nguyễn dynasty. It was one of the Nine Courts and normally under the supervision of the Ministry of Rites.
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