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Experience Hue

Set off early from Hoi An for this full day tour to discover Hue, the charming former capital of the last Dynasty of Vietnam.

Located in Central Vietnam, Hue has an elegant setting on the banks of the Huong Giang or Perfume River, surrounded by lush green hills.

Founded as a Royal city in 1687, this small and quiet city is known for the magnificent architecture of its citadels, palaces, royal tombs, pagodas and temples built under the Nguyen dynasty.

The city has preserved its cultural heritage including music, the arts and many other traditions and is probably the best place in Vietnam to get a sense of the past and imperial court life.

Explore the Imperial City of Hue.

Your first stop here is the Hue Citadel. Situated on the Northern bank of the Perfume River and built by Emperor Gia Long it was designed for the exclusive use of the Emperor and his household.

The Citadel is a square 2 km wall encompassing three walled enclosures; the Citadel, Kinh Thanh Hue, the Yellow Imperial city, Hoang Thanh and in the centre the Forbidden Purple city Tu Cam Thanh where the Emperor lived. The Hue royal complex has been officially recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

Continue your tour with a visit to Tu Duc Royal Tomb, considered to be one of the three most beautiful mausoleums around Hue.

The emperor Tu Duc held the longest reign during the Nguyen Dynasty and his tomb is situated on Van Nien Hill, 5 km outside of Hue. His body however is not resting inside the tomb and to this day, no one knows the actual burial site. After the emperor’s death, his remains were taken to a secret location and the 200 servants who had buried Tu Duc were beheaded to ensure that Tu Duc’s final resting place remained a secret.

Tu Duc’s biography was engraved in stone by the emperor himself. The tablet is housed in the Stele Pavilion. The Stele weighs 22 tons and is the largest in Vietnam.

Essential Information

  • Duration: Full day tour
  • Useful Information: Tours depart daily from Hoi An hotels and includes lunch.

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