Looking for Tour Deals for Hue City? You’re on the money. It’s a stunning spot and one that is growing in popularity with tourists. Pronounced ‘Hway’, the city of Hue is home to incredible tombs and stunning citadels. This once capital of the Nguyen emperors still sings with the glory of imperial Vietnam, even though many of the finest buildings were sadly destroyed during the Vietnam war.
This picturesque town owes much of its appeal to its location on the banks of the Perfume River, a beautiful spot to take a turn in the afternoon sunshine, and even a pleasing sight in inclement weather. Today’s Hue sees a mish-mash of new and old as the city sings with new developments and shimmers with the glory of times past. Centuries-old crumbling citadel walls sit side-by-side with gleaming new developments, and it certainly is a place of contrasts. Bring your camera.
Thien Mu Pagoda
This site was erected on a hill which overlooks the Perfume River – a site that is located around four kilometres southwest of the Citadel. This pagoda is a site that is a true symbol of Hue. You can get to this spot by taking a dragon boat down along the river, or you can enjoy a pleasant bike ride there. Today you’ll find the Austin car which drove Thich Quang Duc to his self-immolation in 1963 – a protest made against the Diem regime.
The Forbidden City
This stunning tourist spot is just a fifteen minute walk from town and a great way to spend a day. At the entrance of the gates are the nine holy cannons which are cast from melted-down bronze from the Tay Son dynasty. These cannons are names for the four seasons and five elements. They have never been used for firing or military purposes – a peaceful set of cannons, if you will – and are also the guardian spirits of the Citadel.
Want to see a citadel within a citadel? Like Inception – but for citadels. You’re in luck in Hue with the Imperial Enclosure which is a spot housing the emperor’s residences, some temples and palaces and the main buildings of state – all within 6-metre high, 2.5 kilometre long walls.
Dong Ba Markets
This is the largest marketplace in central Vietnam and a great place to hang on tight to your wallet and bag. Enjoy all of the sights of a traditional Vietnamese market. It’s a great spot to buy souvenirs and treats and a wonderful way to plunge headfirst into the culture!#Travel can be one of the most rewarding forms of introspection. Lawrence Durrell #quoteClick To Tweet
This is named for its resemblance to the Japanese bridge in Hoi An and its construction was initiated by Tran Thi Dao who was the wife of a high ranking Mandarin in the court of Emperor Le Hien Tong. The construction occurred between 1740 and 1746. It was originally built to offer better transportation and communication between the village on either sides of the canal, but in 1925 Emperor Khai Dinh ordered the villagers to erect an altar to honor Tran Thi Dao on the bridge.
Again with the tombs – but they truly are incredible monuments to death! These tombs are spread out along the banks of the Perfume River anywhere from 2km to 16km south of Hue. Take in extravagant mausoleums and enjoy the sight of these stunning spots. 7 tombs in all scatter the countryside around Hue and are monuments to 9 of the 13 rulers of the Nguyen Dynasty, usually built and designed during the emperor’s lifetime. The 3 most visited are Minh Mang, Tu Duc and Khai Dinh. The remaining 4 are less visited but still have interesting features, with Duc Duc, Thanh Thai and Duy Tan being housed in the same tomb.