1. Hue Museums & Attractions:
Listed by UNESCO in 1993 as a World Heritage Site, Hue's main attraction is the Citadel. The Citadel is at walking distance from the city downtown and you can walk across the Perfume River using the Trang Tien Bridge. You can also ride a bike or get by boat.
The Citadel dates from the times of Nguyen empire that ruled the region from 1802 to 1945 when the last king was forced to abdicate during the August Revolution. It was the capital of the empire. Walking along the streets and admiring the remaining buildings will certainly take you to old times that you probably watched in movies. Don't miss visiting the Flag Tower, the Royal Palace and the Royals Tombs. After the walk, relax where the Emperors did at Tinh Tam lake.
Unfortunately, many buildings inside the Citadel (specially Hue's Forbidden Purple City) were destroyed during 1968 Tet offensive. The following government did little to preserve the remaining or restore the damaged ones.
Other attractions are the toms and the pagodas that you can visit cruising the Perfume River, by car or by bike. They are about 1 mile south of Hue.
For more recent historical sites, visit the DMZ (Demilitarized Zone) north of Hue.
Hue Morning food market
For the early riser its worth walking through the main food market at dawn when it is busiest. It is across the bridge from the main tourist area, on the other side of the river, and turn right at the other side for about 400m. There is every kind of fruit and veg, live animals and hundreds of people carrying mountains of food through the crowds. Very photogenic in the early morning light.
Huong River Hue Vietnam Huong River is the big river flows through the central of Hue city. It is famous for the poetic beauty; the river has many names such as: Lo Dung, Linh, Dinh, Kim Tra, Huong. Huong River has not only beautiful view but also scent. Foreign named it as rivere des parfums hor perfume of river. However, someone considers that Huong River flows through Huong Tra commune, so that it has this name.
Duong No Village Hue Vietnam Duong No village is the place where Ho Chi Minh and his father lived. Here, there has stored the house that associated with his childhood. The village is situated along the road to Thuan An beach, far about 8 kilometers from Hue. This is the ancient village of Vietnamese. Few centuries ago, Duong No is the vivid and prosperous village.
Gia Long Tomb Gia Long tomb is situated on the big hill. Thien Tho mount creates a natural screen in the font of the tomb and behind are 7 hills like natural defenses. On the left, there has 14 peaks as 'left blue dragon' and on the right, there has 'right white tigers'.
Dong Ba Market Dong Ba market is situated along the northern bank of Huong river, Tran Hung Dao, Hue city and it is far about Truong Tien bridge about 100 meters to the North. Dong Ba market is the biggest central market of Thua Thien - Hue province and area.
Hon Chen temple Hue This temple for Goddess appeared in this place centuries ago, but with a very simple design, and after then, reconstructed with a larger and more beautiful architectural scale in 1886.
Thuan An Beach Thuan An Beach is situated in Phu Vang District, near by Thuan An Mouth, where Huong River runs to Tam Giang Lagoon and then to the sea... far from Hue 15km.
Thai Hoa Palace Hue Throne Palace (Dien Thai Hoa) faces the Ngo Mon Gate and lies right on the central axis of the Hue Citadel. The Throne Palace, or Palace of the Supreme Harmony, was the building for great court's meetings. It was constructed in 1805 by Emperor Gia Long and used later in 1806 for his coronation.
Tomb of Khai Dinh Tomb of Khai Dinh is located on the slope of Chau Chu Mountain (also called Chau E), 10km from Hue City. In comparison with those of the preceding emperors, Khai Dinh’s tomb is much smaller in surface (117m x 48.5m) but it is very elaborate. It is the result of the interminglement of many architectural trends: European and Asian, as well as ancient and modern.
Tomb of Minh Mang Tomb of Minh Mang is located 12km form Hue, on Cam Ke mount, near Bang Lang fork, on the west bank of the Perfume River.
2. Hue Arriving & Departing:
International travelers fly into Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi or into Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City to get to Hue.
Air France is one of the major carriers servicing Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City . Tiger Airlines service Hanoi and Singapore. Other airlines with regular service to Hanoi are Malaysia Airlines and Korean Airlines (every Asian airlines service the country). Vietnam Airlines offers some interesting deals to travelers as cheap ground transportation to locations in Hanoi. It operates flights from Berlin, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Los Angeles, Moscow, Paris, Seoul, Singapore and Sydney among other destinations in Europe and Asia.
Noi Bai has been recently remodeled and many travelers prefer it to arriving in Tan Son Nhat (but in some cases you can get lower fares if arriving in Tan Son Nhat). The departure tax in both Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City are $14. They accept USD and VND.
From Hanoi, you can take either train or bus to get to Hue. If traveling by train, take the Express Train. It is faster and more comfortable, more expensive though (slow train around $15, the Express $55). Ho Chi Minh City is connected to Hue by road and rail as well.
Hue has an airport ( Phu Bai Airport ) that receives domestic flights. Perhaps it is your best bet as flights from Hanoi are cheap and in 45 minutes you'll be in Hue (against the 15 hour trip on the slow train).3. Hue History:
Ancient and recent history coexist in modern Hue. History left its mark in the city's landscape and every sign is worth a question or a reflection about politics, national identity and international relations.
After the region was part of the Nam Viet Empire before Christ and under the kingdom of Champa for seventeen centuries, in the 1300's the king of Champa gave the region to the Vietnamese. Hue was the capital of the Nguyen dinasty in the 19th century (the most beautiful buildings in the city included the Citadel are from this period). The region was under French protectorate since 1883.
In 1945, Hue was the center of the August Revolution when Communist and National forces overthrew the last Nguyen king. As part of South Vietnam after the division of the country and due its strategic position, Hue was a central battleground during Vietnam War (the marks can be seen today in the historical buildings and temples, many of which were seriously damaged by the bombing).
The city was the center of the fierce figthing between American, South and North Vietnamese troops during the Tet offensive. The Northerner' Army attacked Hue right on Vietnamese New Year Eve, thousand of civiliation were killed and now, if you visit Hue on Vietnamese New Year, you'll see most of Hue's family will have remember anniversary of their loves one who died on Tet 1968.
Hue Festivals & Events
Hue Festivals & Events form an integral part of the rich cultural tradition of Hue which is quite famous among artists and art enthusiasts. It is primarily because of this that the in 1993, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) recognized the city as a World Cultural Heritage Site. In the words of Steve Loose, an Australian tourist who participated in the second Festival in 2002 "It was wonderful. The program showed me the real Hue, with performances of the royal court, its music, dancing and folk songs."
Characteristics of Hue Festivals & Events - Hue Festivals & Events consists of traditional concerts, dance and theatrical performances, art exhibitions, and also conduct special tours to close by sites. Many games take place in the Hue Festivals & Events like sing the songs of bai choi, bai ve, gia gao (sing while pounding the rice), repartee songs etc. People also visit the Gia Lac Spring Fair Festival to pray for lucks and for pure entertainment. Hue Festivals & Events present a great combination of unique culture values, and ties and serve as a platform to promote peace, friendliness foster greater cultural exchange.
Hue Events generally include the following-
- Culinary events.
- calligraphy exhibits
- Ao dai (traditional Vietnamese dress) fashion shows.
- Painting and handicraft exhibitions.
- Tourism services.
- Nha nhac (royal court music) concerts.
List of Festivals in Hue
- Sinh Village Wrestling Festival - 10th day of the 1st lunar month
- Cau Ngu Festival Thuan An Beach -10th-12nd day of the 1st Lunar month
- Voi Fish Festival- 9th day of the 2nd lunar month
- Praying for good crop Festival - 13th day of the 2rd lunar month
Festivals in memory of the establishment of the village
- Pho O Village Ceremony - Bao Vinh Ha Village Festival
- Da Le Thuong Village Festival Da Le Thuong Village
- The Worshipping in hournor of the Founders of craftmen
- Ca Voi Funeral Ceremony Phu Tan Village, Phu Vang District.
- The Mass for the Dead on the losing day of the capital At the Temples of Hue, especially at Soul Temples in the corner of Mai Tuc Loan and Le Thanh Ton Streets.
- Thu Le Forsaken Spirits Ceremony Thu Le Communal House in Quang Phu Commune, Quang Dien District
Big festivals on the 7th lunar month are as follows-
- Duong No Ceremony
- Vietnamese all souls' day
- Buddha's Birth Day
- Hon Chen Temple Festival
Other Hue festivals
- Worshipping of the Founder of jewelry Truong An ward, An Phu Cat
- Traditional Festival for praying good crops
- Traditional Boat Racing Festival On Huong River September 2
- Kite-flying Festival Ngo Mon royal court. March 26
Hue Festivals & Events are the city's major upshot where various other art and cultural events take place. Every June the city celebrates its culture and the ancient traditions of this noteworthy city. A peaceful and humanitarian spirit presides over this entire celebration process.
Cau Ngu Festival Hue
Royal Palace Night Hue
Vinh Quy Bai To Festival Hue
Gia Lac Spring Fair Hue
Nam Giao Festival Hue
Sinh Village Festival Hue
Hon Chen Temple Festival Hue
Row Skiff Racing Festival Hue
Truyen Lo Festival Hue