- Location: In east central Vietnam
- Attraction type: Historic city
- Significance: A 300-year-old imperial city with outstanding monuments
- Best Time to Visit: April to October
- How to Reach: By flights to Phu Bai; alternatively by train from Danang, Ho Chi Minh City, and Hanoi or by buses from important Vietnam cities
- Nearest International Airport: Phu Bai International Airport
Hue Vietnam, the ancient capital of this East Asian country, had its beginnings in the 17th century. Having founded by Nguyen Dynasty, this historic city stands out because of its royal tombs, 18th and 19th century ruins, and somber ambience. The imperial city of Hue is among the most popular destinations among tourists visiting this part of the world. Situated on the northern banks of Perfume River, Hue city is looked upon with immense reverence by local people. Its lakes, canals, and vibrant green vegetation lend a tranquil feeling to the city.
The Citadel is perhaps the most outstanding site of Hue city in Vietnam. Constructed by Emperor Gia Long in 1804, the citadel as its first level of defense has a zigzag moat surrounding it. The second level of defense is a 10 km circumscribing wall, 21 meters thick and 7 meters in height. For entering the fort there are ten pedestrian gates and two water passages. Inside the citadel the ‘Dai No’ or Imperial Enclosure is another noteworthy site with a 2.5 km long and 6 meters wide wall. The Forbidden Purple City is another interesting area wherein the royal family members spent their private moments. The 37 meter high Flag Tower, popularly known as the King’s Knight, erected in 1809 and is the highest flagpole in entire Vietnam. The Thai Hoa Palace or the Palace of Supreme Harmony constructed in 1833 is another marvelous edifice. It was the throne room and reception hall of the monarch.
Other extraordinary sites include the Thien Mu Pagoda and the Dai Hong Chung. Thien Mu Pagoda is an octagonal shaped seven-storey tower built on the southern bank of River Perfume. It was built in 1844 during the regime of Emperor Thieu Tri as a testimonial for a prophesy.
Hotels and Restaurants in Hue
While visiting Hue you could put up in Huong Giang located at a driving distance of 15 minutes from Phubai Airport, or in Hotel Saigon Morin, 20 minutes driving distance away from the same airport. Century Riverside and Imperial Hotel Hue are the other luxury apartments for you to choose from. Among the comfort hotels you might select among Asia Hotel, Hai Dang Hotel, Vi Da Riverside, and Orchid Hotel.
Staying in Hue you could enjoy recipes from all parts of the world in addition to delectable local cuisine. Hoa Mai, CaThi, Tropical Garden, and La Carambole specialize in Asian and Polynesian recipes. For Italian preparations Hue Little Lady is the perfect eatery, while Ushi is renowned for its German and Swiss dishes.