Thriving and flourishing, Hue in the middle of Vietnam, which was the home to the old Kings of Vietnam for 143 years (1802 – 1945), has enough charm to keep you staying as long as you can afford the time to visit. Here are top places for Hue tailor-made tours:
Visit Hue Citadel
Hue Imperial Citadel (Source: Internet)
Once ignored and seen as a redundant vestige of the imperial rule during the early years of the communist rule in Vietnam but now it is known as one of Vietnam’s seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Imperial City of Hue is a must-visit destination when you travel to Vietnam.
The main draw of this walled fortress and palace, which were once the home of Vietnam’s emperors, is found in various buildings in their original, damaged and restored stages; ten main majestic gates leading to the Imperial City of Hue; the palace grounds surrounded by an impressive moat filled with water lilies, a chance to contemplate different yet charming scenes and a photo opportunity of yourself in royal costume setting on the throne of the Emperor.
To fully understand the importance and value of this historic site, which peacefully lies on the northern shore of Huong River, huetravelreview think that you should have an experienced and knowledgeable tour guide, who can speak English well and tell you much about Vietnamese history.
Pay Respects to Thien Mu Pagoda
Thien Mu pagoda (Source: Internet)
Also located on the north shore of the Perfume River, about 3km from Hue Citadel, visiting Thien Mu Pagoda is one of the spiritual activities you should consider doing in a Hue tailor-made tour.
What captures your attention when coming to the unofficial symbol of the former imperial capital? It is the mid-19th century seven-storey octagonal tower named Phuoc Duyen Tower commemorating the 80th birthday anniversary of King Thieu Tri’s grandmother; Dai Hung Palace – the main sanctuary of Thien Mu Pagoda; a giant bell, measuring 2.5m in height and 2 tons in weight; a stone turtle keeping a marble stele inscribed in the 17th century. Moreover, Thien Mu Pagoda is now home to a national relic: the Austin motor vehicle which carried the monk Thich Quang Duc to the intersection of Phan Dinh Phung and Le Van Duyet streets in Saigon on June 11th, 1963 in protest against the Diem regime, when he sacrificed his life by setting himself on fire.
Accessible by dragon boat along Perfume River or a pleasant bicycle ride for more energetic travelers, Thien Mu Pagoda offers a mind-boggling view of both the flow and the peaceful surrounding areas.
Go shopping at Dong Ba Market
Food adventure at Dong Ba market (Source: Internet)
Do you want to go shopping for a relaxing activity in Hue tour? There is no better choice than Dong Ba Market, where you can easily discover Hue city via the traditional products.
Dong Ba Market – the largest market place in central Vietnam, is a place to go for everything from souvenir items to a wide range of traditional crafts reflecting the ancient cultural features of Hue: Phuoc Tich pottery, Ke Mon jewelry, Hien Luong scissors, Nam Thuan sweets, Tinh Tam lotus, and bamboo products, bronze goods, Hue sesame sweetmeat, Phu Cam conical poem hats, etc. to an extensive variety of Hue style dishes, for example, Bun bo Hue (beef noodles), banh bot loc (bean puddings), banh xeo (sizzling pancakes), com hen (clam rice), tom chua Hue (Hue sour shrimps) and so on. Besides various commercial activities happening daily, one more thing that makes Dong Ba Market outstanding among a lot of local markets in Hue is a paradise for snapshots of daily activities, an occasion to immerse yourself in the local culture. Should you are fond of Central Vietnamese food and culture; you should not miss Dong Ba Market on your Hue tailor-made tour.
Walk through Japanese Bridge
Thanh Toan Bridge (Source: Internet)
A small, covered, Japanese-style bridge about seven kilometers east of Hue town, Thanh Toan Bridge earns its name due to its resemblance to the small wooden Japanese Bridge in Hoi An Ancient Town. Thanh Toan Bridge, whose construction was an ancient architectural monument initiated by Tran Thi Dao, the wife of a high ranking Mandarin in the court of Emperor Le Hien Tong, is extremely valuable in terms of history and culture.
Famous for the elaborate decorations, an amazing red faded color, and a charming historical background, which could be seen at the low entrance, Thanh Toan deserves an awesome place of interest in a Vietnam tour. Walking through Thanh Toan, you can find an odd collection of the ancient farm equipment in a building on its left side.
Hue is a city rich with history, home to a series of war-torn temples, places of worship, and 7 tombs and magnificent palaces.