Hue located in the central region of Vietnam is the capital city of the Thua Thien Hue province, with a population of about 340,000 people. It is mostly known as the former Nuguyen imperial capital from 1802 to 1945, when the Emperor Bao Dai abdicated in favour of Ho Chi Minh’s revolutionary government.
- Introduction to Hue
- About Hue
- Hue Imperial Citadel
- Royal Antiquities museum in Hue
- Photographs of Hue
Hue is one of the most historically interesting places in central Vietnam. It is a quiet and relaxing city with plenty of buildings and pagodas to be discover during the day and many restaurants, cafes and bars to enjoy at night.
Because of its strategic position between the North and South of the country, the city was heavily impacted by the Vietnam War, from both the Viet Cong and the American bombing campaign, but remains a charming city to visit.
The city is divided by the Perfume River which is surrounded by a lovely promenade on the riverside. The north side is the location of the old city and the Citadel, as for the south of the river it is the place of the newer city where most of the hotels and restaurants are located.
The mostly known attractions of the city is the Imperial Citadel which was once the seat of the government and later earned its place as a UNESCO’s World Heritage Site. Today, this multiple kilometres peaceful complex features many different buildings including temples, pavilions, gates, shops, museums and various galleries.
The citadel was badly damage during the war and even though a restoration project has been going on for 20 years, some areas only have bits of walls remaining.
There are multiple entrances to the citadel, but the southern central door, known as the Ngo Mon Gate and built in 1833 by Minh Mang is the most interesting of them all. It is said that it was once only reserved to the emperor and sentence by death for anyone trespassing it. The second floor of The Ngo Mon Gate offers amazing view of the exquisite courtyard.
Royal Antiquities museum
On the southern side of the city is located the Royal Antiquities museum which maintains a collection of various artefacts including sliver crafts and antique furniture. This former private residence of the Khai Dinh emperor and its adopted son Bao Dai is built in a mix of French and Vietnamese style.