With Hue culture tour, you can admire ancient buildings, temples, pagodas which were built for a long time. Besides, you can have fun at the beaches and many famous tourist destinations. If you want to discover this beautiful land, you can follow the suggestions below.
Hue is the city located in central Vietnam that was the place of Nguyen Dynasty emperors from 1802 to 1945, and capital of the protectorate of Annam. In the 19th-century, this place is the citadel, surrounded by a moat and thick stone walls. It encompassed the imperial city, with palaces and shrines. Hopefully, with these suggestions, you can have a great Hue tour and lots of memories.
What to do in Hue?
Hue Imperial City and the Mausoleum
Hue is the ancient capital of Vietnam so the monuments of the monarchy are still imprinted here. With classical architecture, Hue Imperial City is one of the most beautiful works in Vietnam.
Hue ancient capital
Located right on the banks of the Huong River, the ancient capital is a cultural relic population recognized as a cultural relic of the world. You will admire magnificent palaces, temples, monumental, bold architecture of the Nguyen Dynasty. Especially, Hue ancient capital was officially opened to visitors at night from 19:00h to 22:00h, you will have the opportunity to admire the beautiful, sparkling architecture of the old night architecture.
Night of Hue ancient capital
In addition, the Mausoleum of the kings is also unique. Each area of the mausoleum was selected by the king himself so each of the architecture in this place has its own features with unique details. Some famous places are Tu Duc Mausoleum, Minh Mang Mausoleum, and Khai Dinh Mausoleum. There are also four tombs of other kings.
Minh Mang Mausoleum
Thien Mu Pagoda
Thien Mu Pagoda is an ancient temple located on Ha Khe Hill, about 5km to the west of the center. Thien Mu Pagoda was built in 1601. Phuoc Duyen Tower is a famous symbol associated with Thien Mu Pagoda. The tower is 21 meters high and consists of 7 floors, built in front of the pagoda in 1844. Inside, there is a spiral staircase leading up to the top floor, where there is a golden Buddha statue. With Hue tour, you can also visit other famous temples such as Dieu De pagoda, Huyen Khong Son Thuong Pagoda, Thien Lam Pagoda, etc.
Thien Mu Pagoda
Nha Nhac of Hue court
Nha nhac is a form of Vietnamese court music. Vietnamese court music is very diverse but the term “nha nhac” refers specifically to the Vietnamese court music performed from the Tran dynasty of the 13th century to the Nguyen dynasty at the end of the 20th century.
Nha nhac of Hue court
Vietnamese court music was performed at annual ceremonies, including anniversaries and holidays, as well as special events such as coronations, funerals or official receptions by highly trained and skilled court musicians. It is believed that Nha nhac did not truly reach the pinnacle of its development until the Nguyen Dynasty when it was standardized. The Nguyen emperors declared it as the official court music and it became an essential part of the extensive rituals of the royal palace.
Nha nhac is still performed in the old capital of Hue. Nha nhac of Hue court was recognized in 2003 by UNESCO as The Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.
The Huong River and Ngu Binh Mountain
The Huong River is a river that crosses the city. In the autumn, flowers from orchards upriver from Hue fall into the water, giving the river a perfume-like aroma.
The Perfume River
Ngu Binh Mountain is strikingly symmetrical with the Huong River. After observing that mountain resembled a screen, the Nguyen Dynasty decided to build up Hue, which became known as their "Forbidden Purple City". Emperor Gia Long approved the design of geomancers, which chose this mount as a front altar of the imposing and solid defending wall system and renamed it Ngu Binh.
Lang Co Beach
Lang Co Beach is a natural landscape of Thua Thien Hue Province. Lang Co Beach is known as a beach with the most beautiful natural conditions and landscapes in Vietnam. Lang Co Beach has coral reefs, lobsters and a variety of high-value seafood. In this area, there is also Son Tra island, where many kinds of wildlife and plants are preserved. Behind the beach is Lap An Lake and Bach Ma Mountain. When you come here, you will immerse in the beauty of a pristine beach.
Lang Co Beach
What to eat in Hue?
Com Hen – Baby basket clams and rice
Com Hen is a traditional dish originating in Hue. It is made with basket clams and leftover rice. Served with raw vegetables, banana flower, bean sprouts, and peanuts.
Baby basket clams rice
Bun bo Hue – Hue Beef Noodle
Outside the city of Hue and some parts of Central Vietnam, it is called Bun bo Hue to denote its origin. The broth is prepared by simmering beef bones and beef shank with lemongrass, fermented shrimp sauce and sugar for taste. Spicy chili oil is added later during the cooking process.
Bun bo Hue usually includes thin slices of marinated and boiled beef shank, chunks of oxtail, and pig's knuckles. It can also include cubes of congealed pig blood, which has a color between dark brown and maroon, and a texture resembling firm tofu. Bun bo Hue is commonly served with fresh herbs, chili sauce and sometimes mung bean sprouts.
Nem Lui Hue – Hue lemongrass skewer
Nem Lui Hue is made from grilled pork. Served with fresh vegetables, bean sprouts, green bananas.
Hue lemongrass skewer
On the street, vendors sell cake, filter cake for each home. The local people love it and have the habit of having this cakes for side dishes.
Hopefully, with these suggestions, you can have a great Hue tour and lots of memories.