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Best Things to do in Hue

THINGS TO DO IN HUE

In Nguyen Dynasty, Hue was chosen to be the capital of Vietnam because of its natural beauty and perfect location. It was not only the political but also the religious and culture centre for 143 years ( 1802-1945). 

 

Situated on the banks of Perfume River, Hue is a home to a series of imperial tombs, ancient temple and royal palace. Although many historic sites were destroyed in the Vietnam war, Hue still becomes one of the most attractive tourist attractions in Vietnam. Let follow us to explore 8 things to do in Hue.

1. Contemplate Ancient Architecture

Being one of the oldest and pretties pagodas in Hue, Thien Mu pagoda has the unique features among all the Buddhist architectures in Vietnam. In 1904, a disastrous storm damaged some part of the pagoda.

 

However, it still retains valuable antiques such as Ho Phap, Thap Vuong, Di Lac buddha. The notable statues of the pagoda are three Buddhas symbolizing past, present, future which are also well-reserved. After enjoying the historical relics, spend your time walking around the garden in a peaceful atmosphere with flowers and bonsai trees.

 

Continue your journey in the Imperial Citadel – Vietnam’s seven Heritage sites recognized by UNESCO. Visiting this place, you will know how the emperors lived and ruled their kingdoms.

The Imperial Citadel was built to protect the royal family. So, the walls were made from heavy stones which created the solid construction. The complex of Hue monuments includes the Imperial Residence, the Hoang Thanh (Imperial City), the Tu Cam Thanh (Forbidden Purple City) and related royal palaces.

 

If you visit the Citadel from April 17 to May 2, you will have a great chance to join in the Royal Night. The artistic program focuses on performing Nha Nhac ( Vietnamese court music), folk games and Hue royal cuisine introductions.

 

In addition, the magnificent architecture of the Imperial tombs in Hue is also worth visiting. There are 7 Imperial tombs, each has its own impressive structure and glorious history. But we suggest you should visit Minh Mang and Khai Dinh tombs because the great kings who own these tombs invested a huge grand of money for resting place after death. So, their tombs are spectacular work of arts that will make you stay a while to admire the beauty of these places.

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2. Thien Mu Pagoda Visit and Perfume River Boat Ride

Sited on Ha Khe Hill, Thien Mu Pagoda is about 5km west of Hue City Center. When looked from afar, the seven-tier chedi overlooking the poetic Huong River (Perfume River) creates such a solemn and beautiful sight of a spiritual construction adorned by a peaceful backdrop of nature.

Thien Mu Pagoda has long been agreed to be the symbol of the city and to tourists, a must-have things to do in Hue. Other than the iconic 7-tier chedi on the pagoda’s backyard, things to look inside the pagoda is the huge bell casted in 1710 and a stone turtle carried a marble stele on its back, dated from 17th century.

You can visit the pagoda by taking a half-hour boat trip on Perfume River. The reason for the river to have this name due to the flowers dropped on the rivers from the upriver orchards, carrying a fragrant floral scent. Even though the fragrance has disappeared, Perfume River is still worth a trip for its peaceful scenery along the riverside, the daily life of people and gorgeous view of sunset.

 

You can book a short boat trip or a dinner cruise departing from Huong Pier. The boat will stop at landmarks like Thien Mu, Hon Chen Temple and Tomb of Minh Mang.

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3. Walk around Trang Tien Bridge

If Huong River divides Hue into two parts then Trang Tien Bridge links these two together with grace. Inaugurated in year 1899 in total length of 402.60 meters and width of 5.40 meters, Trang Tien was designed in a Gothic architecture by the French at that time. Like Thien Mu Pagoda, Imperial City and Ngu Binh Mountain, Trang Tien Bridge on Huong River is also a symbol of Hue.

At night, the bridge sparkles with colorful lights, making such a wonderful walk between the riverbanks.

4. Relish Local Cuisine

Coming to Hue, you will have a great chance to try incredible cuisines which were exclusively served to emperors and royal families in the past. Today, Hue food is more popular, you can easily find many royal dishes in the local restaurants, roadside stores and high-end resorts. Some of the best items of food that you should taste including Beef noodle soup, lemongrass skewers, Vietnamese crepe and tapioca dumplings.

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5. Take a Cyclo Tour

Take a cyclo tour in Hue is an authentic way to discover the hidden charms of the ancient capital. You can start your cyclo trip by crossing Trang Tien Bridge to admire the poetic beauty of Perfume river. Then either ride around Dong Ba market to enjoy the vivid atmosphere or the Citadel surrounding areas to admire the impressive architecture. While sitting on the cyclo, you can see all of the activities on the street and observe the old houses where local people have lived for generations. Everything just happens around you and it makes you feel that you are a part of it.

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6. Visit the Tu Hieu Pagoda

Tu Hieu Pagoda is one of the most famous in all of Hue and dates from 1843. This pagoda was also the home of eunuchs during the times of the Ancient Citadel in Hue and nowadays some 70 monks live here.

 

One of Hue’s most important pagodas, Tu Hieu counts celebrated Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh amongst its alumni.

Tu Hieu’s biggest claim to fame though is its connection with one of international Buddhism’s leading lights – Thich Nhat Hanh. Thich Nhat Hanh entered Tu Hieu Pagoda in the 1940s aged 16. By the 1960s he was one of the most active Buddhist voices on the world stage. He studied at Princeton University and taught at Columbia. He also lobbied the US Government to withdraw its forces from Vietnam. Martin Luther King was deeply impressed by Nhat Hanh and recommended him for a Nobel Peace Prize. Perhaps the greatest validation of his integrity was his ostracism by both the South Vietnamese government and then the Communists after 1975.

 

On October 26, Thich Nhat Hanh traveled back to his homeland to spend the remainder of his life at the pagoda where he was ordained.

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7. Take a journey to Bach Ma National Park

Bach Ma National Park is located at 1,450 meters above sea level and encompasses some of the prettiest scenery in all of Hue.

 

On a visit here you will find towering waterfalls as well as pretty hiking trails and there are several crumbling French villas to observe along the way.

 

The park is part of the wider Annamite Range and this part of Vietnam is known for its lush landscapes.

 

You can also combine a trip here with a stop off at the Cau Hai Village.

 

There is also the option to stay overnight here at the camp ground of you can just spend the day swimming in limpid pools and taking in the flora and fauna.

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8. Relax at Hue beaches

Hue, like many other cities on the central coastline, is blessed with gorgeous beaches. Hue has 5 beaches located in a proximity from few kilometers to about 30 kilometers from Hue city center.

Here are must-see beaches for you:

 

– Lang Co Beach

Often mentioned in the list of best beaches in Vietnam, the beauty of Lang Co can’t be described by few simple words. With white beach dune stretching along the azure, Lang Co pleases your eyes with the gentlest colors.

After a winding ride on Hai Van Pass, Lang Co appears like a gift from mother nature, especially gorgeous in sunny days. The beach is calm and suitable for swimming and other beachside activities. But don’t just relax at the beach only, get to see the Lang Co village for its peaceful atmosphere as well as its local delicacies.

 

– Thuan An Beach
Located near Thuan An Mouth which is about 16 kilometers away from city center, Thuan An beach stretches about 12 kilometers along the coastline with white sand and blue water. The surrounding is just as beautiful and there are abundant services there to enjoy your time. You can camp overnight here and enjoy a small BBQ seafood party on the beach. It’ll be a sweet memory to have in Hue.

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9. Short visit to Hue conical hat making village

To Hue and Vietnamese people, a conical hat isn’t just a hat, it’s also attached to the image of Ao Dai young Hue girls wear as a school uniform. Conical hat must be the oldest Vietnamese fashion wear that is still being used widely in everyday life of middle class and in rural areas. In Hue, don’t miss the chance to visit one of the villages that still practice the craft of conical hat making.

To Hue and Vietnamese people, a conical hat isn’t just a hat, it’s also attached to the image of Ao Dai young Hue girls wear as a school uniform. Conical hat must be the oldest Vietnamese fashion wear that is still being used widely in everyday life of middle class and in rural areas. In Hue, don’t miss the chance to visit one of the villages that still practice the craft of conical hat making.

10. Visit Hue Royal Threatre

Built in year 1826 under King Minh Mang, solely to entertain the royalty, Royal Theatre now serves as the National Conservatory of Music. You can visit the theatre freely to admire the refinedness in architecture and decoration of the stage, examine the actor’s masks and musical instruments. A cultural art performance here lasts for about 45 minutes, bring back the cultural atmosphere and the art performances which were dedicated only to the kings.

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