Hue Travel And Tourist Guide

Apart from Hanoi, Hue is Vietnam’s most historic city, having functioned as the country’s capital from 1802 to 1945. Though little remains of its architecture from before the 19th century, the city was named by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1993, largely because of the Imperial City, which is its main attraction for tourists.

Hue sits beside the Perfume River, and to the south and west of the city near the river’s banks are the Royal Mausoleums, superb structures set in gardens that are designed to calm the mind. It’s well worth spending a day exploring a few of these sites, not only for their historical value but also to appreciate the beauty of the countryside around here.


Attractions & Activities

Trace the history of the Nguyen lords in Hue’s Imperial City or in the Royal Mausoleums that dot the surrounding hills on organised excursions or motorbike tours...more


Imagine you’re a Vietnamese emperor in one of the city’s five-star hotels or seek out budget digs south of the river that won’t break the bank but still boast tonnes of authentic charm...more

Restaurants & Bars

Treat yourself to an Imperial meal consisting of countless courses, or snack on Hue specialities at street stalls before retiring to a chic bar for a nightcap cocktail or two...more


Take a boat trip out to the Royal Tombs or cycle through the pine-clad hills around Hue for great views of the city from the rolling Vietnamese countryside which is a breath of fresh air...more

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Hue Guide - Ancient Citadel of Royal Vietnam

It was Emperor Gia Long, first of a string of Nguyen lords, who moved the capital here from Hanoi in 1802, changing its name from Phu Xuan.

The city quickly developed a reputation for its high level of artistic achievement and scholarship, and even today it retains a slightly haughty feel to it, making it a different experience to other Vietnamese cities for visitors. The main attraction for visitors is the Imperial City, located within the Citadel, and the Forbidden Purple City, which was once a city within a city and accessible to no-one apart from the emperor and his royal concubines.

Most of it is now open land, the buildings reduced to rubble by a fire in 1947, though the imposing walls of the Imperial City and few remaining buildings betray its former grandeur.

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