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What to see in Hue

Hue Attractions

Hue is the former Royal Capital of Vietnam and the city's architecture and attractions reflect the legacy of opulent emperors and revered statesmen. Not only is its historic significance reflected in the city, but its natural beauty is also immediately apparent to visitors.

The Perfume River is one of the last places in Vietnam where the government hasn't removed those who dwell on and live off its rivers. The Royal Tombs and the Citadel lie along its banks, the final resting places and former home of some of Vietnam's most notable emperors. Hue harks back to an age where leaders were gods and the mystique of their status is evident at their elaborately constructed tombs.

Yet, it is not discordant with the present and the demilitarised zones and tunnels at Vinh Moc remind us of the atrocities of recent history. Here visitors can explore the tunnel systems of Vinh Moc, where local villagers hid and survived constant bombardment during the Vietnam War. Visitors shouldn't wander far off of the path though, as there is still enough unexploded ordnance in the jungles to fight another war.

DMZ (Demilitarised Zone) and Vinh Moc

Under the Geneva Accords of 1954, Vietnam was split into North and South along the 17th parallel. The Ben Hai River was selected as the temporary demarcation line. A three-mile (5km) strip of no-man's…

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Royal Tombs

South of Hué are eight splendid royal tombs of the Nguyen emperors, situated among the hills on the banks of the Perfume River. Often designed while the emperor was still alive, each mausoleum…

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The Citadel

Constructed by Emperor Gia Long in 1804 for the private use of the emperor and his household, the enormous moated Citadel is comprised of three separate walled enclosures. The outer citadel, surrounded…

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The Perfume River

A boat trip on the Perfume River is one of the highlights of a visit to Hué and includes stops to visit some of the city's main attractions. Passing other sampans (traditional rowing boats)…

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