Hue – the old capital of Vietnam

Hue Background

Hue Old Imperial capital attributes on the pretty beauties in Central Vietnam. Straddling the genuinely beautiful Huong River, the city had the foundation at the 18th through 19th century. It was the set of power for the Nguyen lords.

One of Hue’s main tourist attractions is the spectacular riverside Hue Citadel or Forbidden Purple city was built as the practices of ” feng shui”. It is recognized as a World Cultural heritage site by UNESCO.


Hue is a perfect destination  to discover the cultural hear and soul of the Vietnamese people especially Royal value still remain. Furthermore, Tam Giang Lagoon covers the large are along the coastline, it offers visitor to have ecotourism in combination with Bach Ma National park. It is the great way to enjoy the authentic experience.

Hue had remained the national capital until 1945, when the Emperor Bao Dai resigned as the country was chopped into two.

Throughout American War, Hue’s location approximately way between Hanoi from the northwest and Ho Chi Minh in the south. Because it was the old last dynasty Capital in Vietnam, Hue offers you the green city with a lot of green parks, the mausoleum complex of Kings to discover as well as peaceful village to enjoy authentic life. In addition, Hue is also very famous for the pagodas, with the hundreds of pagodas around the city, you can see it everywhere right in city or far from center.

The tombs themselves observed little harm. However throughout Tet offensive 1968 severely damaged the Citadel and the Forbidden Purple City. Hue history has earned it a reputation as a political, religious and cultural center. In contract, visitors to this modern, Hue city will locate a town which only reflects its own past and only does this as a begrudging nod to its visitors today.

At this moment, Hue is a traveler destination largely. In practice, it is still a work in progress. It is a beautiful and vibrant city with the places to stay, tasty food and quite a few intriguing things to do.

2. Where to go

  • Huong River:  spans approximately 80kms in length, flowing from Truong Son mountain through Hue City Center and Bang Lang fork. Huong river flows through Hue city slowly, therefore, it brings for the city the romantic scenery. Especially, the sunset over the river on summer time sometimes brings you the amazing sights with the purple of the sun with makes you surprise to enjoy it.


  • Thien Mu pagoda: 

Thien Mu pagoda is set top hill just close Hue city center. This pagoda is offering the breathtaking views of Huong river and Hue Imperial city as well as history building for set up Nguyen Dynasty. This pagoda is also the home monasterry of Buddhist monk Thick Quang Duc, who had self – immolated in 1963 in protst against the persecution of Buddhist by the South Vietnam government.


  • The Citadel Complex and Fobidden Purple City

The Citadel Complex of Hue was set up by Nguyen Dynasty from 1850 to 1945 which is now onw amongst the relics of the World Cultural Heritage – Hue Imperial City. It attracts all tourist to discover once visiting the city.


Particularly, the lake surrounded the Citadel and the same for inside Forbidden Purple city, there are a lot of commoners  residence still living and make a surrounding journey to discover for tourist by cyclo is the most impressive.

  • Minh Mang Tomb

Minh Mang tomb is one of the most beautiful tombs of Nguyen Kings on the west bank of Huong river. It is praised as the most ambitious royal tomb built during the Nguyen Dynasty. The tomb has a lot of landscapes of Lakes, canals, temples, terraces and pavilions which has the harmony with the nature. This is one of the tow tombs of Nguyen Kings which is the most visiting by tourist in Hue city.


  • Tam Giang lagoon

Cover a large area from Quang Tri province to Lang Co beach, Tam Giang lagoon will be the great chance for those who love the nature and brackish water lagoon.


Tam Giang is the open treasure hidden behind the charming and graceful of Hue ancient Citadel. Visitor can make a visiting at Cha Mountain – mangroves forest, Chuon Lagoon,.. to see local people in raising seafoods such as shrimp, crab, fish, snail…Taking  a boat trip on Tam Giang Lagoon , you can see cloesy how the fishmen divide up the area with hand – made nets while fishing.

  • Lang Co beach bay

Lang Co Bay is between Hue and Danang City. This beach bay offers the wonderful landscapes for relaxing and swimming. By a long white sand beach  plus blue seawater of Lang Co may attract everyone for the first sight.


Lang Co beach is also offers the great sunset moment which you can feel harmony with the nature and fishing village and Lap An Lagoon.

  • Thuan An beach

Thuan An beach is about 14kms from Hue and the nearest beach. It is a brilliant stretch of yellow sand, ideal for a swim in the sea. Thuan An becomes famous for the architecture to be a nice beach , resort along the beachside..and is one of the relaxing time on beach once travel to Hue.


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