Vietnam - Hue - Citadel

Hue was the seat of the Nguyen dynasty and the imperial capital of Vietnam

Hue was the seat of the Nguyen dynasty and the imperial capital of Vietnam until 1945. It sits on the famous Perfume River and in the lee of Ngu Binh mountain.

Hue’s ancient Citadel, ringed by a wide moat, has echoes of Beijing’s Forbidden City and includes the Imperial Enclosure which was the centre of court life. The crumbling Citadel is undergoing extensive restoration. Many gardens and lakes are neglected and grassed over but the scale of the complex is still clear. The Imperial Enclosure itself has already been restored and includes the magnificent Thai Hoa Palace which glories in red and gold lacquer work and immense decorated pillars.

Hue’s Royal Tombs sit on the banks of the Perfume River. These grandiose mausoleums are positioned according to geomantic principles and contain pavilions, temples, sepulchres, courtyards and lotus ponds.


Hue: Suggested Activities


Folk Art of Hue with an Artist

Folk Art of Hue with an Artist

Take a peek into the stunning home of a professional artist and try your hand at producing Vietnamese folk art under the guidance of the expert himself.
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Street Food Tours

Hit the streets of Hue on a private street food tour sampling the city’s famous Imperial cuisine, and discover why Hue is regarded as Vietnam’s culinary capital.

Cycle to Thanh Toan Bridge

Cycle northeast of Hue on this half day excursion and experience the beauty of the countryside, passing rice paddies and local villages to the traditional covered Thanh Toan Bridge.

Perfume River

Take a boat trip along the Perfume River, stopping at the Thien Mu Pagoda and Nguyen Dynasty tombs.
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