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Huế Citadel, VietnamHuế Citadel, Vietnam
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Huế (Vietnamese: Huế ) is a city in central Vietnam. It was the imperial capital of the Nguyen Dynasty, which flourished from 1802 to 1945. Today, Huế has become a major tourist destination because of its many historical monuments.

Huế was the old capital of Vietnam until the abdication of Emperor Bao Dai in 1945, and the communist established Hanoi as the new capital. During the Vietnam War, Huế is part of South Vietnam. As such, it suffered considerable damage from the assault inflicted during the Battle of Huế in 1968.

Trang Tien Bridge, HuếTrang Tien Bridge, Huế
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Today Huế is a city geared toward tourism. The city spreads out on both sides of the Perfume River, with most of the newer hotels and restaurants lining the southern side of the river, while the Old City is located on the northern side.

The weather in Huế is generally hot and wet. It receives the heaviest rainfall during the northeast monsoon, between October and December. The driest months are March and April. The hottest months are June to August, with average high of 34°C, while the coolest months are December to February, with the average low of 21°C.

Tomb of King Khai Dinh of HueTomb of King Khai Dinh of Hue
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Visiting Huế

Phu Bai Airfield is a small airport serving Huế. Budget travelers can fly there by Jetstar Vietnam from Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi. From the airport, you can catch a taxi to downtown Huế, a journey that takes about half an hour. There is also an airport bus going to the city for 40,000 dongs.

Getting around in Huế

Unlike Hanoi, the taxi drivers in Huế are said to be more honest. Nonetheless ensure that they use the meter. Flag fall at 15,000 dongs for the first 2 kilometers, and then 11,500 dongs for every subsequent kilometer. If you feel the the meter is running too quickly, pay the driver a fair price - not what the meter shows 0 and insist on calling the police if the driver refuses. Unfortunately taxi meter tampering is widespread in Vietnam.

Building within the Imperial City of HueBuilding within the Imperial City of Hue
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Places of Interest in Huế

  1. Bao Quoc Pagoda
    Historic pagoda on Ham Long Hill.
  2. Dan Nam Giao
    Altar of Heaven, the most important ceremonial site in Vietnam for more than a century.
  3. Dieu De Pagoda
    Temple built during the reign of Thieu Tri (1841-47) and restored in 1889 by Emperor Than Tha.
  4. Dong Ba Market
    Bustling Vietnamese market to the north of the Perfume River, near the southeast corner of the Hue Citadel.
  5. Hue Citadel
    The imperial city established by Emperor Gia Long in 1805, today a World Heritage Site.
  6. Notre Dame Cathedral
    Impressive Roman Catholic cathedral built in the hybrid Franco-Vietnamese style, completed in 1962.
  7. Royal Antiquities Museum
    French-style private residence of Emperor Khai Dinh, who led a lavish decadent lifestyle here.
  8. Royal Arena
    Imperial amphitheater where tigers were pitted against elephants.
  9. Thanh Toan Covered Bridge
    A charming covered bridge across the canal at Phat Diem.
  10. Thien Mu Pagoda
    Heavenly Lady Pagoda, on a bluff above the left bank of the Perfume River.
  11. Tu Dam Pagoda
    A center for Buddhism in Hue founded in the 17th century.
  12. Tu Hieu Pagoda
    Temple surrounded by a crescent-shaped pond, in the midst of pine woods.

Hue GateHue Gate
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Royal Tombs in Huế

  1. Tomb of Dong Khanh
    the smallest of all Nguyen tombs.
  2. Tomb of Gia Long
    Tomb of the first emperor of the Nguyen dynasty.
  3. Tomb of Khai Dinh
    Tomb of the penultimate Nguyen emperor, the last to be buried in a royal tomb.
  4. Tomb of Minh Mang
    One of the most impressive royal tombs in Hue.
  5. Tomb of Thieu Tri
    Small tomb with artificial ponds but without an extensive walled garden.
  6. Tomb of Tu Dac
    The most elegant royal tomb in Vietnam, designed by the king himself.

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