Here are some suggestions for what to do in Hue Vietnam when traveling here. You will explore the beauty of Hue Vietnam.
Hue city is located in the central Vietnam. Hue Vietnam is the old capital of Vietnam during the last dynasty from 1802 to 1945. There are many royal relics and beautiful sites for travelers to visit when staying in this city. Besides, visiting this city, you will be able to enjoy the peaceful atmosphere with green trees on the both sides of the streets, taste traditional foods and explore unique culture there.
You can come to Hue Vietnam by airplanes or cars from Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City. Now let’s start what to do in Hue Vietnam with us.
The must-see sites in Hue city
The Citadel is located on the North bank of the Perfume River of Hue city. The Citadel was built in the 19th century under the first King of Nguyen Dynasty, Gia Long Emperor. In the past, this was the place for Kings and mandarins to have political meetings every day, and for Kings and his relatives to live in.
The Citadel with a square shape is almost 10km in circumference/diameter, 6m high, 21m thick and 10 entrances. Visitors can discover many buildings inside of the Citadel like Noon Gate, Thai Hoa Palace, Forbidden City and the The Temple. These are really famous for the historical values, recognized by the UNESCO as the World Heritage in 1993.
Royal tombs: There are now 7 tombs in Hue city, though Nguyen Dynasty includes 13 Kings because of the economy’s difficulties and political problems. The most three outstanding tombs are Khai Dinh, Minh Mang, and Tu Duc Tombs.
Tu Duc Tomb, where the longest-reign King was buried, is one of the most beautifully designed complexes among the royal tombs of the Nguyen Dynasty thanks to its combination of water and mountain.
Khai Dinh Tomb, where the twelve King of the Nguyen Dynasty was buried, is the most unique one in the tombs’ system of Hue city. Even though it’s the smallest one, this tomb is completely different from the other ones. It is the blend architecture of Eastern and Western countries.
Minh Mang tomb, where the second King of the Nguyen Dynasty was buried, is the most interesting tomb in Nguyen Dynasty. It’s very well-known for the symmetry axis architecture of the buildings and lakes, and for the harmony between natural landscapes and the constructions inside.
Pagodas: Hue is the center of Buddhism because it not only has more than 100 pagodas but also usually organizes enormous Buddhism festivals. There, you can explore this religious Character in long-standing pagodas, especially the Linh Mu pagoda. Linh Mu or Thien Mu is a pagoda which has legendary stories and historical events related to the Kings, development of Vietnam.
The must-try local foods
Bun Bo Hue: This is one of the most popular foods in Hue city. Its taste is totally unique that you should enjoy in small food stalls or local restaurants in Hue city. Its ingredients are noodles, vegetable, beef, pork, soup and many other species which you can order with customized selection to eat.
Com Hen (mussel rice): There is no place you can try this kind of food except Hue city. It’s quite similar to the Vietnamese rice, but you must use this food with mussel, meat scrap, bean, and several other local traditional flavors. Like Bun Bo Hue, you will also find it so easy to get Com Hen in Hue city; however, Hen Island is the best place to try.
Vegetarian food: As mentioned, Hue is the center of Buddhism, so the vegetarian foods here are really popular and tasty. They are always included with vegetable, mushroom, and tofu. You can have this one in any pagodas around Hue city and some famous vegetarian restaurants, which are clean and fresh in the quiet atmosphere of Buddhism.
Vietnam Drive hopes that you can find well what to do in Hue Vietnam and discover the best beauty of Hue. (Phan Phanh)