Top 4 Unmissable Attractions in Hue
25/12/2017 25 Views 0 Comments Brian Vu
Located in the heart of Central Vietnam, Hue is not only a peaceful stopover between Da Nang and Hoi An but also a mysterious destination to discover during your Vietnam expeditions. Although there are many interesting things to see around Hue City, you should not skip these following attractions.
1. Imperial City
Located near the bank of the tranquil Perfume River, Imperial City is an incredible architectural masterpiece that you don’t want to be missed.
Built in 1804 and complete in 1833, Imperial city is protected by thick brick walls and canals. There are 4 main gates: Ngo Mon, Hien Nhon, Chuong Duc, Hoa Binh. Inside the citadel, you will have a lot of photo opportunities as you will see ancient temples, the famous Purple Forbidden City, Royal garden etc.
Once entered inside, you will be amazed by the arrangements and designs of its many structures. They are all surrounded by green spaces including parks, flower gardens, stone bridges, man-made islands and a wealth of trees, which allows you to relax after days of working in bustling cities.
In order to see and capture photos of each building in the complex, you will have to spend at least 4 hours of walking around. However, if you don’t want to waste so much time exploring Imperial city, you can totally transfer by electric car from one place to the others with your friends or other visitors.
2. Thien Mu Pagoda
Located 4 km southwest of Imperial City, Thien Mu is considered one of the most beautiful and important Buddhist pagodas in Hue. It was originally founded in 1601 by Nguyen Hoang – The very first Emperor of Central Vietnam in the past, consisting of many captivating structures, especially, Phuoc Duyen Temple – built in 1844 by Emperor Minh Mang, where you can get the fascinating panorama of Perfume river on an elevation of 21m.
One surprising thing you can easily recognize that Thien Mu doesn’t own as many Buddhist statues as other pagodas in Hue and in Vietnam. However, it will surely guarantee visitors a charming space that you’ve possibly never seen before thanks to its peaceful green architecture.
In order to come to Thien Mu, you can take a scenic bicycle ride from city center of Hue along the river bank of Perfume River, which guarantees you the opportunity to slowly contemplate the peace of Hue streets, as well as observe daily activities of Hue people. What is more, you can book a boat trip on Perfume River, to not only combine a visit to Thien Mu with other outstanding attractions in Hue but also admire the beauty of Hue city on boat.
3. Tu Duc Tomb
Build from 1864 -1867, dedicated to Tu Duc – the king to enjoy the longest reign in Nguyen Dynasty, this seft-titled temple is considered to be the most important and worth-visiting among the others in Hue.
The complex is divided into 2 main parts: Temple and Tomb, including many interesting spot to see such as Xung Khiem, Du Khiem Pavilion (spots to read book, compose poems), Tinh Khiem Island (Emperor’s hunting spot), Hoa Khiem Palace (Emperor’s working place), Minh Khiem Theatre (the oldest of its kind in Vietnam), Luong Khiem Palace (Where Tu Duc lived).
Visiting Tu Duc tomb, you will have chance to extend your knowledge about how Emperor's life was in the past and learn more about Vietnam's history.
4. Trang Tien Bridge
It should be a drawback if you visit this romantic city without crossing Trang Tien Bridge. The Bridge was built in 1899 by the famous architect Gustave Eiffel (Eiffel Tower's Godfather).
For more than 100 years, the bridge has overcome a lot of ups and downs and intense battles in wartime but still remains its architectural, cultural and historical values.
If you want to take the best photographs from Trang Tien Bridge over the peaceful Perfume river, do not skip a cyclo or bicycle trip crossing the bridge.