Hue is a ancient and beautiful city in Thua Thien-Hue Province in central Vietnam. Hue was an imperial capital of the Nguyen Dynasty (1802 to 1945). Today, Hue is a famous tourist attraction for its historic monuments, architecture and festivals in Vietnam.
Hue city’s main attractions are pagodas, temples, tombs and palaces with impressive architectural features. One of the most famous places that travelers should not miss on their trip to Hue is the Imperial City which is the walled fortress and royal palace. It was served as a place for official receptions, important court ceremonies, ancestor worship as well as for the Royal family’s residence of Nguyen Dynasty .
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Besides, there are many tombs of the rulers of the Nguyen Dynasty sitting along the banks of the Perfume River (Song Huong) between 2km and 16km south of Hue. Tombs of Nguyen Kings are situated in the middle of hills on the Southern bank of Perfume River. Among those royal tombs, frequently-visited ones are: King Minh Mang’s tomb, King Tu Duc’s tomb, King Khai Dinh’s tomb.
Hue is also an important Buddhism center in Vietnam. Tens of pagodas, which were constructed about 300 years ago still exit in Hue and its surrounding. Thien Mu pagoda which is the oldest and the most beautiful religious building in Hue city. The 21m height octagonal Phuoc Duyen Tower along with other magnificent temples and precious antiques have made Thien Mu pagoda became an ideal place for visiting.
Hue downtown is granted as a festival city. Since being first held in year 2000, festivals in Hue have become significant cultural events for locals here. Celebrated in even-numbered years, festive activities with the participation of local and international performers at locations throughout the city have brought back cultural value of the former royal capital of Vietnam.
Hue is also famous for its cuisine which has indeed enriched the culinary art of Vietnam. There are two kinds of cuisine: one for aristocrat and the other for common people. Dishes here are often very spicy and served with relatively small quantity with refined presentation. Some specialties are mussel rice, steamed clear tapioca cake in banana leaf, Hue beef noodle soup, etc, which is worth giving a try. Several vegetarian restaurants are scattered in various corners of the city to serve the locals who have a strong tradition of eating vegetarian twice a month, as part of their Buddhist beliefs.
As having great value in history, culture and architecture, this complex of monuments has been recognized as the World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1993.