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Hue Travel Guide

Plan Your Hue Vacation

With its ancient Citadel, mausoleums, pagodas, and palaces, Hue is a haven for history buffs. Winding through this historic capital is Perfume River (Song Huong), overshadowed by the walled Forbidden City on its north bank. Built under Emperor Gia Long in 1805, this fortress covers 5 km (3 miles) of Hue's waterfront. Equally appealing are the tombs scattered throughout the city, including the Khai

Dinh mausoleum that stands out from the pack due to its detailed mosaic work. As a designated UNESCO World Heritage site, Hue still bears scars from the Vietnam War, having endured insurmountable suffering in its close proximity to the DMZ.

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Top Reasons To Go

  1. The Citadel—Enter the Citadel's forbidden city, where Emperor Gia Long ruled the Nguyen Dynasty of Vietnam.
  2. Tomb Explorations—Pay tribute to past emperors by visiting the tombs scattered throughout Hue, including Khai Dinh, the most impressive of the mausoleums.
  3. Pagoda Perusing—Get enlightened at Thien Mu Pagoda, the former monastery of Buddhist Monk Thich Quang Duc, who gained recognition for his self-immolation protest in 1963.



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