Famed for its magnificent riverside Citadel, delectable cuisine and relaxing ambience, Hue (pronounced “hway”) is history meeting modern delights. The city lies on the banks of the atmospheric Perfume River in Central Vietnam, a few kilometres inland from the South China Sea, and will provide a bit of a welcome respite for the weary tourist.
Hue shot to prominence in 1802 when it became the seat of power for the Nguyen Dynasty, and it remained the nation’s capital until 1945 when a revolution led by Ho Chi Minh dethroned Emperor Bao Dai. The Imperial City within the Citadel was badly damaged during the American War but is still a marvel to behold – a sprawling walled complex of pavilions and temples, one of the eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Vietnam.
The Perfume River snaking through a city centre filled with elegant mansions and ancient pagodas, Hue is pleasant to stroll around even on its notoriously drizzly days. And with several good beaches a mere bike trip away too, the city of Hue certainly merits a few days of unhurried exploration.
A beautiful tomb positioned in an equally serene and attractive set of courtyards and pavilions.
A tomb as much as a pure homage to the beauty of Chinese architecture and landscaping structures.
The tomb of the first emperor of the Nguyen Dynasty, rarely visited but capturing a very old time in Hue.
The arena used for Gladiator style combat between tigers and elephants for the Royal Show.
An isolated pagoda is hidden amongst the pine trees which was a place of study for the famous Trich Nhat Hanh.
The walkway used by the Royal Emperor of the Nguyen Dynasty to present offerings and gifts to the Gods during special ceremonies.
A monument and mausoleum for one of the last rulers of the Nguyen Dynasty, the last Imperial tomb built in Hue.
The riverside ancient temple of the celestial lady which holds scriptures, prayer halls and a 1960s Austin Motor.
A temple hosting the Dynastic Urns dedicated to revered Emperors of the Nguyen Dynasty.
Come and take a walk along the scented river of Hue and check out some of its wonderful scenery.
Come and see some old Royal secrets hidden behind the walls inside the notorious citadel.
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