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Getting Around in Hue, Vietnam

Getting Around in Hue, Vietnam
During the Vietnam War, in order to take back the city from the North Vietnamese Army’s siege, the American forces used heavy artillery and airstrikes that almost destroyed the entire city. What we have today is the effort of a 30-year re-construction and conservation effort by the government and the people after the war.

Hue is the famous Imperial city of Central Vietnam, the throne of the Nguyen Dynasty from 1802 to 1945. Old and tranquil, Hue is frozen in time, standing amongst the remnants of a once glorious Asian empire. Because of this, getting around Hue is intriguing with many options available, and sights to see.

A major attraction of Hue is its gigantic old Citadel, fortified by a natural moat – Huong River and enormous stone walls. There are many cultural and historical buildings inside, including the Forbidden City – the emperor’s living quarters, the Royal Theater, and other minor palaces and shrines.

During the Vietnam War, in order to take back the city from the North Vietnamese Army’s siege, the American forces used heavy artillery and airstrikes that almost destroyed the entire city. What we have today is the effort of a 30-year re-construction and conservation effort by the government and the people after the war.

You can also take a train journey from Hanoi or Saigon to Hue, which is 12 hours and 20 hours respectively. A train from Da Nang takes six hours and brings you extravagant sight-seeing moments along the Hai Van pass and the Lang Co bay 

Where to Visit in Hue?

Hue is a historical Citadel of Vietnam, offering many old, rustic, cultural heritage sites that you should visit to fulfill your Vietnam trip. The main attractions are The Imperial City of Hue, The Emperors’ Tombs, and Thien Mu Pagoda.

The Imperial City of Hue is the city’s primary attraction. In this complex, you will find many temples, palaces, museums, galleries, and other authentic architectural works. The place truly reflects the historical and cultural aspects of Vietnam, featuring ao dais for you to try on for amazing photo shoots.

The Tombs of the Emperors are located along the Perfume River , south of the Citadel. The best experience possible is to rent a boat and row upstream, visiting these sites. The tombs were built between 1802 and 1945, during the last Empire of Vietnam.

Each of the tombs reflects different characteristics of an individual Emperor, from traditional Vietnamese and Buddist aesthetics, to French-influenced architecture. The most beautiful ones are the tombs of Tu Duc, Minh Mang, and Khai Dinh.

 

The ticket for each tomb is 100,000VND (4.50 USD), therefore getting the bundle price is cheaper.

Thien Mu Pagoda sits on a cliff on the northern bank of the Perfume River, overlooking the city from afar. The pagoda is also the official symbol of the city of Hue, worshiping an elderly celestial woman in local spiritual belief. You will be stunned by the sophisticated gold and silver interiors of this pagoda. It is considered one of the most beautiful pagodas in Asia.

 

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