Hue is the ancient imperial capital of the 17th century and is located in central Vietnam. the city is one of the most visited of the Vietnam popular destinations. In modern times Hue is the capital of Thua Thien province lying on the banks of Huong River (Perfume River). Hue today stands with the relics of the past even after being heavily damaged during the Vietnam War. In 1993 UNESCO acknowledged the Complex of Monuments of Hue as a World Cultural Heritage Site.
In present times Hue looks like a massive open- air museum with hundreds of temples, pagodas, palaces and tombs making sightseeing in Hue one of the most popular of the Vietnam tourist attractions. Some of the best tourist attractions in Hue are:
- Imperial Citadel
This is one of the foremost of the Vietnam tourist attractions with a sprawling complex of temples, pavilions, moats, walls, gates, shops, museums and galleries with features from Vietnamese history.
- Tombs of Emperors
These are located along the Perfume River mostly dating from 19th to 20th Century. The finest of these tombs are Tomb of Tu Duc, Tomb of Minh Mang and Tomb of Khai Dinh.
- Thein Mu Pagoda
This is one of the most beautiful architectural structures in Vietnam, situated on the left bank of Perfume River. It is a seven storey tower constructed under the reign of Emperor Thieu Tri in 1844.
Hue is also known for the Hue Festival which is a major annual event. It is a nine days event to celebrate the culture, court music and the ancient traditions of this historic city. Other festivals in Hue include the Nam Gion Festival where participants from the Royal Palace are involved in the ceremony. Few other festivals in Hue are Royal Palace Night a three day festival, Truyen Lo and Vinh Quy Bai, both to honor the ancestors.
One major tourist attractions in Hue is shopping. The main article to shop here for is silk painting which has been a distinct feature of Vietnam for centuries. Other items include calligraphic artwork on silk, lacquer, stone and wood.
Hue can be reached by flight or road. The airport in Hue is called Phu Bai Airport which receives domestic flights and runs connecting flights from Hanoi. Several train also run everyday between Hue and other major Vietnam citities like Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Danang. There are public buses as well on this route.