Hue Imperial City, Vietnam Travel Guide

Hue is located in the central of Vietnam, the capital of Nguyen emperors from 1802 to 1945. Most of the finest buildings were destroyed during American War. The historical city is well known by its cultural heritage and ‘Complex of Hue Monuments’ was designated as UNESCO Heritage Site since 1993. Hue travel guide will reveal the imperial legacy through a conservative city that set along Perfume riverbanks contains just the right amount of night life and modernize buildings 


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Hue Imperial City

The Imperial City of Hue or A Complex of Royal Hue Palaces had been recognized as UNESCO Cultural Heritage Site since 1993, that once served the Nguyen Dynasty as a former imperial capital. The unmissable destination on your Hue travel guide

The magnificent symmetrically landscape located in the heart of Hue city facing the Perfume River, the architecture based on five elements (earth, metal, wood, water, fire) and five colors (yellow, white, blue, black, red). Most of the decorations contain with four holy animals (dragon, unicorn, turtle, and phoenix)

Hue Imperial City separated into 4 parts as your eyes facing the front gate, walk through the outer court left-side, back yard, inner yard, and through the exit on the outer court right-side

Tips: Entrance Fee 200k VND, Open Daily 08.00 – 17.30

Hue Imperial City Vietnam Travel Guide


Front Gate

  • Stage of Flag (Kỳ Đài)
  • Meridian Gate (Ngọ Môn)
  • Palace of Supreme Harmony (Điện Thái Hòa)
Hue Imperial City Vietnam Travel Guide
Hue Imperial City Vietnam Travel Guide


Outer Court Left-side

  • Mieu Temple Complex (Cửu Đỉnh)
  • Dien Tho Residence (Lầu Tịnh Minh, Cung Diên Thọ)
  • Cafe (Tạ Trường Du)
  • Truong San Residence (Cung Trường Sanh)
Hue Imperial City Vietnam Travel Guide
Hue Imperial City Vietnam Travel Guide
Hue Imperial City Vietnam Travel Guide

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Backyard

  • Tu Vo Phuong Pavillion (Cửa Hoà Bình)
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Inner Court

  • Purple Forbidden City (Điện Kiến Trung)
  • Long Galleries of Can Chanh Palace (Trường Lang)
  • Mandarin Halls (Kinh thành Huế)
Hue Imperial City Vietnam Travel Guide
Hue Imperial City Vietnam Travel Guide


Inner Court Right-side

  • Emperor’s Reading Room (Thái Bình Lâu)
  • Royal Theatre (Nhà hát Duyệt Thị đường)
Hue Imperial City Vietnam Travel Guide
Hue Imperial City Vietnam Travel Guide


Outer Court Right-side

  • Co Ha Gardens (Vườn Cơ Hạ)
  • Royal Treasury (Phủ Nội Vụ)
  • Hien Nhon Gate (Cửa Hiển Nhơn)


Outside the Imperial City

  • Museum of Royal Antiquities (Bảo tàng Cổ vật Cung đình)
Hue Imperial City Vietnam Travel Guide
Hue Imperial City Vietnam Travel Guide


Explore Hue City

Getting closer to the distinctive city culture traits, we were strolling around from the square of ‘Hue Imperial City’ by the sunlight and alongside ‘Perfume River’ welcome by the cool breeze at night

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Le Loi Park

The public park was nice to unwind the day, most locals went out and about. We were there on weekday around 11PM and it still pretty much lively! not only a place for walking and exercising, it also contains the space for recreations or even the horoscope stalls were set alongside the river

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Cầu Trường Tiền Bridge

The bridge was lighted up colorfully at night, the historical site that remained one of the oldest bridge in this ancient city. The iconic spot that easily notice even from afar 

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What To Eat in Hue

The historical city of Hue that well known for their unique cooking skill of the Nguyen Dynasty’s royal chef, the flavor speaking truth from the finest imperial delicate cuisine to street food of Hue

The notable dishes go on as.. BÚN BÒ HUẾ (Beef noodles soup), BÁNH KHOÁI (Crispy pancake), Nem Lui (Lemongrass skewers pork), Bánh Bèo (Steamed muffin), and Bun Thit Nuong (Grilled pork noodle)

I listed some of my favorite below:

  • Madam Thu Restaurant
  • Bánh khoái Hồng Mai
what to eat in Hue Vietnam
what to eat in Hue Vietnam


Vietnamese Coffee

The variety of coffee menu in Vietnam is in another level. Salt coffee and Egg coffee were the one that popping off the list. The must-try drinks that had been listed in many Hue travel guide and food guide itinerary, and it didn’t fail me at all

It was an afternoon well spent, both shops definitely had a good and warm vibes, well-educated bartender and barista made the drinks more enjoyable when you can feel their passion pouring into the glass

I listed some of my favorite below:

  • Trốn Cafe
  • Cà Phê Muối
what to eat in Hue Vietnam
what to eat in Hue Vietnam


Vietnamese Craft Beer

The local craft beer was something I wanted to try, besides the industrial beer that famously named after the main cities in Vietnam. Local craft beer speaking charmingly on its strong taste and scent

I listed some of my favorite below:

  • The Chàm Craft Beer and Whisky
what to eat in Hue Vietnam
what to eat in Hue Vietnam

Traveling to Hue

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How To Visit Hue

From Phong Nha To Hue

The train from Dong Hoi to Hue railway station will take around 4hrs

Traveling in Hue

I mostly walk and used Grab Car to get around. Almost everything is close, so it was easy to commute. Renting a bike or motorbike is also a choice, most shops located near Hue Imperial City

From Hue To Da Nang

The minivan from Hue to Da Nang will take around 2hrs drive. Which included hotel pick-up/drop-off (the van destination can be both Da Nang and Hoi An)

Hue Imperial City Vietnam Travel Guide


Where To Stay in Hue

I stayed at Soleil House. The hotel was clean, not too far from the city center (around 10mins walk). Grab also widely used in Hue, so it was so convenience to get around and complete all your list on Hue travel Guide

 

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