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Hue Overview:

Huế is well known for its historic monuments, which have earned it a place in UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites. The seat of the Nguyễn emperors was the Citadel, which occupies a large, walled area on the north side of the Perfume River. Inside the citadel was a forbidden city where only the emperors, concubines, and those close enough to them were granted access; the punishment for trespassing was death. Today, little of the forbidden city remains, though reconstruction efforts are in progress to maintain it as a historic tourist attraction.
Roughly along the Perfume River from Huế lie myriad other monuments, including the tombs of several emperors, including Minh Mạng, Khải Định, and Tự Đức. Also notable is the Thiên Mụ Pagoda, the largest pagoda in Huế and the official symbol of the city.
A number of French-style buildings lie along the south bank of the Perfume River. Among them are Quốc Học High School, the oldest high school in Vietnam, and Hai Ba Trung High School.
The Hue Museum of Royal Fine Arts on 3 Le Truc Street also maintains a collection of various artifacts from the city.




Tourist Attractions in Hue

The Citadel

The Citadel

The citadel in Hue is a complex monument which was built in between the 19th to 20th century in the Old Royal Hue area that is belonged to Hue City and some parts of Thua Thien – Hue Province nowadays. This complex is divided by two parts, inside and outside the Citadel.
Inside the Citadel, there are houses of people and mandarins but the most important is the “ Hoang Thanh” area where Nguyen Emperors and their Royal families were living and working. According to historical source, it started to build in 1804 but accomplished on 1933 under the Minh Mang Emperor. Hoang Thanh has 4 gates at 4 directions and the main gate is in the South which called Ngo Mon. Inside Hoang Thanh, there is Thai Hoa Temple where the Kings met their officials, the altars area, and the Forbidden City that was place for Kings and their families living. People were not allowed to come into this area.
There are many other relics in and outside the Citadel.



Minh Mang Tomb

Minh Mang Tomb

Minh Mang Tomb was built by Thieu Tri King in 1840 – 1843 which needed 10,000 workers and soldiers. It located in Cam Ke mountain and that place is the confluence of the left and right tributary that creates the romantic Huong River, around 12km from Hue city.
Minh Mang was the second King of Nguyen Dynasty and replaced for his father Gia Long King on 1920. In 1940, Minh Mang King was chosen that place for his tomb and started to build but he was died on 1841 while this project just was in the first step . His son, Thieu Tri King continued to follow that work for his father so this tomb also named as “ Hieu Lang”. “ Hieu” is filial.



Khai Dinh Tomb

Khai Dinh Tomb

Khai Dinh was in the throne at the age 31th, 1916. Right after became a King, Khai Dinh was constructed many places, temple for himself and his royal family such as Kien Trung Temple, An Dinh, Truong An gate , Hien Nhon gate, Chuong Duc gate but the special one is Ung Lang ( Khai Dinh Tomb) This temple located in Chau Chu mountain. Khai Dinh King was chosen this place as there is a low hill in front , Chop Vung and Kim Son mountain on the left and right hand side and a stream from Chau E for good “ Feng shui” .
This construction was took in 11 years . Compared with other tomb, Khai Dinh tomb has a smaller surface but that was very gaudy in construction. For building it, Khai Dinh was sent his people to French for buying iron, steel, cement, tiles from Ardoise… He was sent the boats to China and Japan to buy ceramics and colorful glasses for decoration.



Tu Duc Tomb

Tu Duc Tomb

Tu Duc Temple is a complex of architecture that also is the place of Tu Duc tomb. It located in a small valley at Duong Xuan Thuong village and now that is Huong Ba Village, Thuy Xuan Commune, Hue City. That is a beautiful place and this Temple is one of the most beautiful temples of Nguyens Emperor. This construction was a reason of a rebel at that time as people was suffer at the hard work and under the rude treatment.
There are around 50 units of construction in the Temple and Tomb areas including the worship area, the relaxing place …. The roads were made by Bat Trang bricks ( that ceramic village still exist and very well known in Ha Noi). Tu Duc used Luu Khiem Lake as a place for drawing, reading, writing poems… In front of the lake, there are the three bridges that lead to the pine hill.



Thien Mu Pagoda

Thien Mu Pagoda

Located beside the picturesque Huong River, Thien Mu Pagoda, with its ancient architecture, adds its charm to this beautiful natural setting. The sound of Thien Mu bell is like the soul of Hue, ever resounding over the Huong River flow winding its way in front of the Citadel to the sea, resonating in the hearts and minds of the people and of visitors to Hue, the ancient capital.
Phuoc Duyen Tower is a famous symbolic link with Thien Mu Pagoda. It is 21 metres high, has seven storeys, is located in front of the pagoda and is visible from the Huong River. On each of the seven storeys there is a statue of Buddha. Inside the tower a spiral staircase leads to the top storey where formerly a gold Buddha statue was displayed. Huong Nguyen temple is in front of the Tower.
The Pagoda is surrounded with a garden of flowers and plants that are carefully tended every day. There is a bonsai of the ancestor of Vietnam Tuong (Classical drama), Dao Tan, situated next to the car left in 1963 by the Superior Buddhist monk, Thich Quang Duc, before burning himself to protest the policy of Ngo Dinh Diem regime in suppressing Buddhism. At the end of the garden is the Tower of the Superior Buddhist monk Thich Don Hau, a famous head of Thien Mu Pagoda who devoted his whole life to the promotion of Buddhism and the good of society.



Huong River

Huong  River

Huong River ( Perfume River) is the river that crosses the City of Hue. That is one of the feature of Hue as its romantic scenery along the river.
The Perfume River has two sources, both of which begin in the Trường Sơn mountain range and meet at Bang Lang Fork. The left tributary originates in the Truong Dong mountain range and flows northwest towards Bang Lang Fork. The shorter right tributary flows past the Tuan ferry landing towards Bang Lang Fork.
Tourist often takes a boat trip on Huong River from the port at the center to visit Minh Mang Tomb, Hon Chen Temple or Thien Mu Pagoda. In the evening, tourist can enjoy the Hue traditional music show on the boat.



Quoc Hoc Hue

Quoc Hoc Hue

Quoc Hoc is a famous school in Hue, the old capital. Established under the reign of Thanh Thai King 1986, Quoc Hoc was named Ecole Primaire Superieur but also called Quoc Hoc , Khai Dinh High School ( 1936-1954), Ngo Dinh Diem High School ( 1955 -1956 then Quoc Hoc since 1956 until now.
Some of famous persons who became leader in Viet Nam were studied in this school including Nguyen Sinh Cung ( Ho Chi Minh), President of Democratic Republic of Viet Nam.



Bach Ma National Park

Bach Ma National Park

Bach Ma National Park is located in the provinces of Thua Thien Hue and Quang Nam. The park covers an area of about 37,487 ha in Phu Loc district. It was first protected as a series of forest reserves in 1937, and was declared a protected area by the government of South Vietnam in 1962. In 1986 the area was established as a national park. The forests of the park, like Cat Tien National Park, suffered from the use of defoliants like Agent Orange during the Vietnam War.
Bach Ma National Park has six guesthouses. Two guesthouses, provide ten rooms, are close to the park’s entrance and four guesthouses ( Bach Ma, Saola, Do Quyen and Kim Giao ) with the total capacity of 26 rooms were reconstructed near the summit at an attitude of 1250m above the sea level.



Lang Co beach

Lang Co beach

Lang Co Beach is a beautiful landscape of Thua Thien – Hue Province. Along with Hai Van and Non Nuoc, it was listed as a tourist attraction site in Viet Nam.
Lang Co beach is well known with its natural beauty, the 10km long white sand beach, surrounding with the large tropical forest and Truong Son mountain range, on the line Hue – Da Nang, 30 km from Da Nang to the North and 70km from Hue the South. Almost of tourists and passengers would love to take a break at Lang Co for its beauty and fresh seafood.
Predicted the tourist’s demand, there are some 4* Resorts were built as Lang Co Beach Resort, Nirvana Resort and Spa and the newest and most luxury one is Nevada Lagoon Resort and Spa 5*.



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