Hue is a city in central Vietnam that was the seat of Nguyen Dynasty emperors and the national capital from 1802–1945. A major attraction is its vast, 19th-century Citadel, surrounded by a moat and thick stone walls. It encompasses the Imperial City, with palaces and shrines; the Forbidden Purple City, once the emperor's home; and a replica of the Royal Theater.
The Imperial City or Hue Royal Palace is a walled palace within the citadel of the city of Huế, the former imperial capital of Vietnam. Construction began in 1804. The reigns of the last Vietnamese Emperors lasted until the mid-1900s. At the time, the Purple Forbidden City had many buildings and hundreds of rooms. The grounds of the Imperial City are protected by fortified ramparts and ringed by a moat. The water in the moat is routed from the Perfume River through a series of sluice gates. This enclosure is the citadel. Inside the citadel is the Imperial City. It is a registered UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Perfume River is a river that crosses the city of Huế. In the autumn, flowers from orchards upriver from Huế fall into the water, giving the river a perfume-like aroma, hence the soubriquet. The river divides Huế into two parts: the Imperial City on the north side and new developments on the south side.
Thien Mu Pagoda, also known as the Pagoda of the Celestial Lady, is a historic temple built in 1601. Its iconic seven-storey pagoda is regarded as the unofficial symbol of the city, and the temple has often been the subject of folk rhymes and Vietnamese literature about Huế. The pagoda sits on the Hà Khê hill and on the northern bank of the Perfume River.
Tomb of Tự Đức was built for the Nguyễn Emperor Tự Đức who enjoyed the longest reign of any monarch of the Nguyen dynasty, and took three years to build from 1864–1867. Interestingly, despite the grandeur of the site and the amount of time Tu Duc spent here, he was actually buried in a different, secret location somewhere in Hue. The Tu Duc Tomb is now the most visited and impressive of the royal mausoleums in Hue.
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Phủ Cam Church is a Roman Catholic cathedral in Huế. It is one of the biggest churches in the city. Construction started in 1963. The church was built in the style of Modern Architecture, and the interior of the Cathedral was built following classical Roman Catholic tradition.
The Tomb of Khải Định, officially Ứng Mausoleum, was built for Khải Định, the twelfth Emperor of the Nguyễn dynasty. It was built from 1920 to 193. The tomb is a blend of Western and Eastern architecture. The side walls are formed by the biggest sculptures of dragons in all of Vietnam. The tomb is home to an imperial audience court, featuring a reinforced concrete steel monument, as well as twelve stone statues representing bodyguards.
The Tomb of Minh Mang was built during Emperor Minh Mang’s reign in the early 19th century. It is known for its serene woodland and forest setting. The main buildings are arranged on an east-west axis, including a courtyard surrounded by warrior statues and several temples and pavilions. Several bridges cross two lakes before the axis ends before the vast burial mound.
Bach Ma National Park a national park situated in the Annamite Mountains and is one of the wettest places in Vietnam. The peak of Bach Ma Mountain reaches 1450 metres. The park is rich in biodiversity with its variety of habitats, ranging from the coast to high mountains. The area is considered a centre of plant diversity in Vietnam.