Located in the center land of Vietnam, Hue City is recognized as a World Henritage Site by UNESCO for its historic memorial. Hue has been mentioned many times in Vietnam’s music and poetry because it has picturesque sights. Hue’s climate is extremely separated to 2 season: dry and rainy season. From  March to August, it’s dry season with the highest temperature is up to 39.9oC. It’s really hot these day. The rainy season is from August to January. It’s quite cool, but sometimes the temperature may drop to 8.8oC. Because in this season, it rains all day, even all week, some local areas are often in flood. Hue is famous for the architecture of ancient citadel, temples, pagodas, tombs and palaces. Some must-go destination must be: Minh Mang Tombs, Khai Dinh tombs, Hue citadel, Thien Mu pagoda… About nature, the tortuous Huong river (Perfume river) make the city more poetic. Come to Hue, visitors must notice royal music that is admitted as a Masterpiece of Intangible Henritage by UNESCO. Foods in Hue are diversity and unusual. Coming here, you will always be full because cuisines are not only delicious but cheap. Hue's people is hospitable, so you will be warmly treated always.

Tomb of Minh Mang

Tomb of Minh Mang is located in An Bang village (Huong Tra district), about 12km far from Hue, on the west bank of Huong river. You can get to Minh Mang’s tomb by car, motorbike, “cyclo” or by boat. This regal tomb is famous for its architecture and magnificent location with a forest surrounding. To enter the tomb, there are 3 openings: the left, the right and the central opening. However, visitors can only enter via the side gate because the central was reserved for the emperior only while his family members went through the side gates. Those gates will lead to Honour Courtyard with two rows of elephants, horse and mandarins stone statues. Reached through three terraces and Hien Duc gate, Sung An temple is which dedicated for Minh Mang and his wife. On the other side of Sung An temple, there are 3 stone bridge. The central bridge which was made of marble was used by the emperor only. Minh Lau Pavilion is situated on top of “heaven, earth, water” represented by three terraces. Finally, the crescent-shaped Tan Nguyet Lake reached through a stone bridge embraces the surrounding wall of the tomb. The tomb’s gate is opened on the annivesary of king Minh Mang’s death, only once a year.

Thien Mu Pagoda

Thien Mu pagoda is known as the symbol of Hue ancient capital. The pagoda is located on Ha Khe hill, Huong Long village. It is about 5km from Hue and on the left bank of Huong river. Nguyen Hoang, the governor of Thuan Hoa (nowadays Hue) built this pagoda in 1601 and this pagoda is destroyed and reconstruct many times. There is legend about Thien Mu pagoda’s name. A long time ago, on the hill where the pagoda is located nowaday, an old woman suddenly appeared and told people that a pagoda would be constructed here by a Lord for the nation’s wealth. Lord Nguyen Hoang while knowing that, built a pagoda there and named it Thien Mu (Heavenly Lady). Many Lords of the Nguyen Dynasty restored the pagoda. In 1884, Phuoc Duyen tower (old: Tu Nhan tower) was built by King Thieu Tri. This tower is octagonal-shaped and it has 7 flours (about 21 meters high). Dai Hung shrine is the main hall of this pagoda, it has a really wonderful architecture. Two sides of the pagoda are 2 rooms for visitors and bonzes to come. The surrounding of Thien Mu pagoda are flowers and plants. Thien Mu pagoda is a historic destination that attracts worldwide visitors.

Tomb of Tu Duc

Tu Duc’s tomb is known as the most beautiful imperial tomb in Hue. This tomp is located in Luong Xuan Thuong village, Xuan Thuy ward, about 5km to the southern of Hue. Tu Duc tomb was constructed by himself in 3 years between 1864 and 1867. Tu Duc used his tomb both when he was alive and when he was death. Tu Duc had over 100 wives and concubines but amzingly he did not have any kid. The tonb entering is a lake called Luu Khiem. There is a tiny island in the right, it’s Tinh Khiem. Xung Khiem palivion which is on the left across the water would be the place for the king and his concubines to date. Hoa Khiem temple which was dedicated for Tu Duc and his empress, now it is just a dusty mess. Right behind Hoa Khiem temple are Minh Khiem Chamber which used to be a theatre, and Luong Khiem temple which was worshiped to the king’s mother, Tu Du. The tomb is enclosed by a wall, on a side of a small lake. However, Tu Duc was not there and there was a rumour abour his disappearance that 200 of servants buried him in a secret place to complete a secret task. They haven’t found Tu Duc’s body until now. It is really mysterious. Tu Duc Tomb is famous for his beautiful architecture. Tourist can touch here by car, by boat of by motorbike.

Hue Citadel

Nguyen Lords had chosen that Hue would be the capital city of the Southern Kingdom. Under Tay Son reign, Hue became the capital officially. Hue has become a great place for scenery and architecture for about 400 years. UNESCO officially recognized Hue as a World Henritage Site in 1993. Situated in the central of Hue, in the northern bank of Huong river, Hue citadel is a 500-ha area with a system of 3 layers of walls: Kinh Thanh, Hoang Thanh and Tu Cam Thanh. Kinh Thanh Hue (Hue Capital Citadel) was built in 1805 and finished in 1832. Over 200 year until now, there are over 140 small and large building involving ramparts, palaces… The citadel is square-shaped. Its boundary is about 10km long, 6m high, 21m thick and it has 10 openings. On top of this boundary, there are 24 bastions established for defensive function. Hoang Thanh is situated in the central of Hue citadel, where the highest offices of Vietnam’s feudalism established and the sanctums hornouring the cult of decreased Emperors. Hoang Thanh has 4 opening with the structure is nearly 600m- side square form, walls protected by trench system are 4m high, 1m thick. Inside Hoang Thanh, there is a palace of royal, which consisting of over 100 beautiful constructions divided many strange areas like: Place for princes study or relax, place for organizing ceremonies… Only reserved for Emperor and royal, Tu Cam Thanh is situated inside Hue citadel, hehind the Throne Palace with the surrounding wall 3.72m high, 0,72 thick. Inside the campus of this place, there are more 50 architectural constructions like Dai Cung Mon – the greatest gate, Can Chanh Palace – where The Emperor works everyday, Can Thanh – Emperor’s private palace…

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