Hue – the charm of an ancient capital

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Located in central of Vietnam, on the banks of the Perfume River, Hue, the capital of Thua Thien Hue province, is about 700km south of Hanoi. It is famous for its intimate connection to the Nguyen Dynasty, a feudal dynasty dominating much of southern of Vietnam from the 17th to the 19th century.

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Attracting visitors coming from all over the world, Hue is definitely on the top of must-visit list for tourists who are in love with discovering history and exotic culture. It is a striking illustration of the power of a Vietnamese feudal empire represented by a complex of monuments, tombs of emperors and pagodas. Featuring art and costumes from various period of Vietnamese history, Imperial Hue Citadel would be a great choice for history buffs. This former imperial seat of government occupies in a large, bounded area on the north side of Perfume River. The Citadel is a great combination of temples, moats, walls, gates characterizing ancient architecture such as Hoang Thanh (Imperial City), Dai Noi (Inner City), Tu Cam Thanh (Forbidden Purple City), etc. The Citadel was the battlefield of 1986 Tet Offensive, which leaves it serious damages and under repair until now. The main southern entrance to the city, Ngo Mon Gate, is built in 1833 under King Ming Mang reign. The second floor of this gate was the place where the King would address his courtiers and people. Within the walls of the Citadel, the Forbidden Purple City is former home of Nguyen Royal Family and Thai Hoa Place is where the Emperors meet foreign dignitaries. A day trip visiting the Citadel surely bring you great understanding of Nguyen Dynasty, ancient architecture and a magnanimous piece of Vietnam.

The other major attractions in this city are the Toms of Emperors. Located in the south of Hue, these tombs are easy to approach by taxi or bike from the city. A cruise on a river boat along the Perfume River, however, maybe is the best way to view them. . Tourists are recommended to visit other sites like Thien Mu Pagoda, the official symbol of the city of Hue. Phu Bai Airport, a witness of American War in Vietnam is another perfect place to pass by. Coming Hue, tourists also have a chance to visit the most beautiful beaches in Vietnam, such as Thuan An and Lang Co.