158) Ruan An

158) Ruan An

One of the lead architects of the Forbidden City

Born: 1381, Present Day Vietnam

Died: 1453

Original Name: Nguyễn An

He was a Ming Dynasty Eunuch, Architect, and Hydraulics Specialist whose true ethnic identity was hidden by Chinese Historians for centuries.

He was a Vietnamese Man captured by the Chinese and brought back to work for the Empire.

That's about the extant of what we know about this man, but his existence in history is of astronomical importance for the Vietnamese People.