Hue, located in the central coast of Vietnam, is formerly the political capital of Vietnam under the 13 emperors of Nguyen Dynasty in the 19th century. Today, Hue has become the intellectual, cultural and spiritual heart of Vietnam.
The area comprised of the Nguyen emperors’ decaying tombs and the grand Citadel, mostly lying on the northern side of Perfume River - also known as complex of Hue’s monuments - has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1993.
The Citadel was built by Emperor Gia Long in 1804, including 4 defended enclosures: Kinh Thanh (Capital City) for administrative constructions, Hoang Thanh (Imperial City) for royal palaces and shrines, Tu Cam Thanh (Forbidden Purple City) for the private life of the emperors, and Dai Noi (Inner City) - “a citadel within a citadel”.
Hue is also famous for many places of worship such as pagodas, temples; and especially the Royal Tombs. If you are interested in the Vietnamese traditional architecture and the royal culture, you might enjoy exploring the Tombs of the Nguyen Dynasty to the south of the city.
The ideal time to visit Hue is in spring, when the weather is not too hot, the rain level is not at its peak, and the flood season has ended. It is amazing that weather is also an element that adds more soul to the unique atmosphere of Hue – which typically lingers in its antique Old Citadel and the romantic Huong River.