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Serene and ancient beauty of Vietnam’s Imperial City

Malie Nguyen Malie Nguyen

August 01, 2020 | 07:42

Hue, located on the bank of the Huong River in central Vietnam attracts many tourists by its serene and ancient beauty mingling with the modern and bustling lifestyle of a developing city.

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Hue has long acquired the reputation for palaces, tombs, temples, and many other ancient architectures that are well-preserved until now. Recently, Hue has appeared in many music videos and movies demonstrating its irresistible attraction.

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Truong Tien Bridge Photo: Vietnamnews

Truong Tien Bridge spanning through the Perfume River (Huong River) becomes the iconic symbol of Hue City. Perfume River divides the city into two southern and northern banks. The North is home to the Imperial City, the South is home to the administrative offices.

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The Imperial City of Hue Photo: Time Travel Turtle

Situated on the northern bank of Huong River, the Imperial City of Hue was built based on the Western and Eastern architecture.

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The sparkling Imperial City of Hue at night Photo: VTV

Although the Imperial City of Hue is not as majestic as Tu Cam Thanh (the Forbidden City) in China, it boasts magnificent landscape impressing anyone stepping on.

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The imposing palaces and tombs are “must-visit” destinations when coming to Hue. Photo: Bao Moi
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The Tomb of Minh Mang Photo: VNExpress

The Tomb of Minh Mang is one of the largest ones in Hue. It is the final resting place of one of the Nguyen Dynasty’s staunchest Confucians, whose reign represents the apex of Nguyen power over the country, according to Bao Moi.

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The Tomb of Tu Duc owns majestic beauty with the Confucian architecture. Photo: Tour to Vietnam

The peaceful atmosphere along with and harmonious arrangement of architectures create impeccably stunning scenery.

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The Tomb of Gia Long is quite far from the city center with simple architecture; however, it still boasts spectacular beauty. Photo: Tour to Vietnam
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Thien Mu Pagoda in Hue Photo: Vietnam Discovery Travel

As the Buddhist capital of Vietnam, Hue is home to more than 300 pagodas, of which the most well-known one is Thien Mu Pagoda. This is not only a unique architecture but also a special historical, cultural, and spiritual place.

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An Dinh Palace Photo: Culture Pham Travel

Traveling Hue, tourists also have the opportunity to explore other destinations such as An Dinh Palace, Dan Te Nam Giao, ancient garden houses scattering in the city, etc.

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The pristine beauty of Thuan An Beach Photo: VN Trip
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Tam Giang Lagoon Photo: Travel Advisor

In addition to palaces and tombs, there is a wide range of lagoons, beaches, forests in Hue City notably Thuan An Beach and Tam Giang Lagoon. Thuan An is a crystal-clear beach located away 15km from the city center. Meanwhile, Tam Giang Lagoon is the largest lagoon in Southeast Asia with the stunning natural landscape will certainly take the visitors' breath away.

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A recently renowned “check-in” place, “lonely” tree in “Mắt Biếc” (Dreamy Eyes) film Photo: Bao Moi
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Hue Imperial city welcomes 1.1 million foreign tourists in first six months

The number of tourists to Hue Imperial city in central Thua Thien-Hue province in the first six months of 2018 was estimated at 1.7 million.

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Former imperial city of Hue restores historic Dieu De pagoda

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Virtual reality tour of Hue Imperial City to be launched for visitors

The Hue Monument Conservation Centre will launch a virtual reality tour for visitors to Hue Imperial City on April 27th.

Malie Nguyen