For travellers who like to dabble in a little bit of history during their personalised Vietnam holidays, a trip to the central city of Hue has to be at the top of their priorities.
Why you ask? Because way back in times of the Nguyễn dynasty, Hue used to function as the old imperial capital belonging to the ruling family of the time who were indeed the last to rule Vietnam.
Contemporarily, Hue is the capital city of Vietnam’s Thừa Thiên–Huế province and for first time travellers; Hue is an eclectic mix of traditional Asian temples, stone statues and an overwhelming sense of culture.
Hue negotiates so much historical significance that the destination’s Imperial City actually resides amongst the esteemed list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
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You will most certainly want to capture a photograph at Ngo Mon which represents the impressive entrance to Hue’s walled Imperial City with a bridge leading up to the truly stunning Five Phoenix Pavilion.
Visitors here should feel extremely privileged given the fact they will be walking in the very footsteps of the former emperor who used to be the only individual allowed to use this access point.
Tomb of Minh Mang
One of many tombs belonging to former emperors, the Tomb of Minh Mang is well worth the trip, partly because it’s a great excuse to step aboard a boat and access the complex via the Perfume River.
Minh Mang was the second emperor belonging to the Nguyễn dynasty and passed away in 1841 with construction of the tomb beginning a year earlier.
Situated outside central Hue, the Tomb of Minh Mang is an incredibly peaceful pursuit, characterised by Dai Hong Mon (the entrance gate), Bi Dinh (the courtyard complete with horse and elephant statues) and Buu Thanh (the tomb itself).
Thien Mu Pagoda
Think of traditional Asia and the Thien Mu Pagoda (pictured) represents most peoples’ envisagements. The Thien Mu Pagoda – constructed on behalf of Nguyễn lords – is an octagonal temple boasting seven storeys and standing at a height of 21 metres making it the tallest religious structure in all of Vietnam.
The pagoda is a symbol of the city of Hue at large and situated amongst green trees, it truly is a landmark that will take your breath away upon arrival.