Once the national capital, the political, cultural and religious center of Vietnam, the city of Hue possesses a large number of historical monuments as well as cultural spots which are a huge appeal for travelers. Also, Hue attracts visitors with its poetic and peaceful landscapes.
Take a look at the following destinations along the dreamy Huong River (Perfume River) to prepare for your Hue Vietnam trip.
1. Citadel of Hue and Royal Tombs
Imperial Citadel of Hue
Royal night in Hue Citadel (Source: Internet)
The most important monument in the whole World Heritage Site of Hue, the Imperial Citadel is absolutely a must-stop place for any Vietnam Hue tours. It is a complex monument built between the 19th and the 20th century under Nguyen Dynasty and was the place where Nguyen Emperors and their Royal families lived and worked. There are many spots to explore inside and outside the Citadel, namely Imperial City (Hoang Thanh), Forbidden City (Tu Cam Thanh), Thai Hoa Temple, Inner City (Dai Noi). Visitors will have chances to see the masterpiece of Eastern Architecture as well as the glorious past of Nguyen reigns. The citadel of Hue is exactly what you cannot ignore when having a Hue Vietnam Trip.
Khai Dinh tomb – the masterpiece of architecture (Source: Internet)
Along the Perfume River stand several tombs of Nguyen Emperors such as Minh Mang, Khai Dinh, Gia Long, and Tu Duc. Each tomb reflects different points of view of each king. Whereas Tu Duc Tomb looks poetic, Minh Mang Tomb is very imposing and shows the cluster of Western and Eastern influences. Those tombs are nestled to the Southern Bank of Perfume River, lying at the foot of majestic mountains which provide travelers with both natural and cultural experiences.
2. Thien Mu Pagoda
As a regional center of Vietnam, Hue consists of several Buddhist pagodas. The most attractive among them is the beautiful Thien Mu Pagoda (Heaven Fairy Lady Pagoda). Located on Ha Khe hill on the northern bank of Perfume River, Thien Mu Pagoda has become an integral part of Vietnam Hue Tourism.
Thien Mu Pagoda from above (Source: Internet)
In the 17th century, after hearing the story about an old woman appearing on the hill where the pagoda stands today, Lord Nguyen Hoang decided to build a Buddhist temple with the belief that it would entail nation’s prosperity. Since then, the pagoda has gone through many times of restoration. Thien Mu was constructed with Buddhist architecture sites such as the striking Phuoc Duyen Tower – the unofficial symbol of Hue, the enormous Dai Hong Chung bell, and the magnificent Dai Hung shrine.
Phuoc Duyen Tower, Thien Mu Pagoda (Source: Internet)
Visiting Thien Mu pagoda, not only can you see the important regional place of Vietnam Buddhism but also explore the beauty of its landscapes and architecture. Nowadays Thien Mu pagoda has become a destination for any Hue Vietnam trip and visitors can reach there by car and by boat.
3. Perfume River (Huong River)
Absolutely, who travel to Hue – Vietnam should spend time visiting the poetic Perfume River. It is a river flowing across Hue city center, which is regarded the most romantic river scenery in Vietnam.
Trang Tien Bridge on Perfume River – the symbol of Hue (Source: Internet)
The Perfume River owes its name because before reaching Hue City, it flows through several forests of aromatic plants, bringing along fresh and pure aroma. That river has been the inspiration to many artists, composers, and poets. Tourists can take an excursion along Perfume River to explore the romance of Hue. The river flows through many cultural spots of the ancient Hue City. You will come across some Emperor Tombs, Hon Chen Shrine, and Thien Mu Pagoda. Moreover, the bridges on the river like Tho Vien, Phu Xuan, and Truong Tien are incredibly fascinating.
Night on Perfume River, Hue (Source: Internet)
The river is even more poetic at night. When lights are on, the scenery alongside Perfume River becomes more peaceful and romantic. Imagine that you are on a boat, watching the moonlight and hearing Hue traditional music – a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage. Amazing, isn’t it?
Flocks of tourists come to Hue every day, thus well proving the attraction of this peaceful city in Central of Vietnam. The places above are recommended by huetravelreview.com when you haven’t decided where to visit in Hue, Vietnam.