Hue is the old Imperial capital and as such ruined palaces and tombs from The Nguyen Dynasty lead the way there. But it’s also a natural wonderland with beaches and pristine lagoons nearby. A little to the West mountains and jungle provide a wondrous spectacle and the Buddhist temples and pagodas are some of the finest in Vietnam.
New Space Art Galleries
7 Pham Gnu Lao St. Tel: +84 (0)234 848544
21 Nguyen Tri Phuong St. Tel: +84 (0)234 849353
Boi Tran Arts Gallery
85 Tran Hung Dao St. Tel: +84 (0)234 523655
Hue Imperial City (Citadel)
Five square kilometres on the northern bank of the Perfume River. Built between 1802 and 1835 by Ngyuen Emperors Gia Long and Minh Mang.
Hue Temple of Literature
On a low hill beyond the Thien Mu Pagoda on the northern bank of the Perfume River. Built in 1808 by Nguyen Emperor Gia Long. Devastated by war and the elements. Amongst the ruins 34 steles remain.
Ho Quyen (Tiger Fighting Arena)
Four kms from city centre, south bank Perfume River. Built in 1830 by Emperor Minh Mang to annually host a tiger battling an elephant. The last battle took place in 1904. (check re closed or renovated etc)
Notre Dame Cathedral
8OD Nguyen Hue. Hours: 5am to 5pm. An attractive blend of French and oriental architecture.
Perfume River Cruise
Many travel groups offer Perfume River cruises. It’s a favourite way to visit royal tombs and pagodas. For a cheaper experience walk down to the riverside and negotiate duration, destination and price for yourself.
Hours: 7.30-11.30; 13.30-17.30. No fee. 20kms from Hue city centre.
The tomb of the first Ngyuen emperor completed in 1820. It’s also the most dilapidated and remote.
Hours: 7.30-11.30; 13.30-17.30. Fee 80,000 VND. Follow Highway 49 for 9 km.
Completed in 1931, the tomb of Khai Dinh is not the largest but it is perhaps the most elaborate and the most western of the royal tombs.
Hours: 8.00-18.00. Fee 80,000 VND. 12 km south-west of Hue city centre.
The strongly Chinese-influenced Minh Mang Tomb was completed in 1843. A superb combination of grand building and landscape design among lakes and forests.
Hours: 7.30-11.30; 13.30-17.30. Fee 80,000VND. 6km from Hue city centre.
Considered by many to be the most beautiful and striking of all the tombs. Completed in 1867.
Thanh Toan Bridge
Thuy Thanh commune, Huong Thuy District, 8 kms east of Hue
Le Ba Dang Art Museum
15 Le Loi St; ph: 0234 383 4800; Fee: 20,000 VND
Ho Chi Minh Museum
7 Le Loi St; ph: 054 3845217; www.bthcm.thuathienhue.gov.vn;
Hours 7.00 to 11.00, 13.30 to 16.30 (Tuesday to Sunday).
Museum of Royal Antiquities
3 Le Truc
Pagodas and Temples
Bao Quoc Pagoda
Bao Quoc St, Phuong Duc Ward, 1 km west of city centre, south side Perfume River. Built in 1670 and renovated by Nguyen Emperors.
Huyen Tran Princess temple
6 km south of Hue city centre. Dedicated to Princess Hyuen Tran (1287-1340) from the Tran Dynasty who married Champa king, Jaya Sinhavarman III.
Long Chau Temple
Burial site of the Ngyuen Emperors’ war elephants. 4 kms from city centre, south bank Perfume River.
Hon Chen Temple
Perfume River 10 km south of city centre near Jade Cup Mountain. Devoted to the Vietnamese goddess Thien Y A Na who most likely evolved from the Cham deity Po Nagar.
Southwestern part of the Citadel. Constructed 1822-23 by Emperor Minh Mang as a site of ancestor worship of past Ngyuen Emperors.
Thien Mu Pagoda
Built originally in 1601 on the northern bank of the Perfume River and added to over time. Its 7-storey tower is the largest Buddhist temple in Vietnam. Three km upriver from the Citadel.
Tu Dam Pagoda
Tu Dam St, Truong An District. Built late 17th century. A major site for Buddhists throughout the region.
Phu Mong/Kim Long Ward
Originally the home of Emperor Duc Duc’s 18th daughter
Built in 1889 by poet Hong Khan.
31 Nguyen Chi Thanh St. House of Princess Ngoc Son, a daughter of Emperor Dong Khan.
Kim Long, Hue.
Tinh Gia Vien
Princess Tinh Gia was the first owner dates back four generations
A newcomer built only 50 years ago in the traditional style.
Tam Giang Lagoon
A blissfully peaceful natural wonder adjacent to Thuan An beach. Soak it in and recharge. Tours available. Hotels and resorts also available.
Nguyen Van Minh (Brassworks)
49 Nguyen Tran Cong Chua St. Hours: 8.00 to 17.00
Bao La Village (Bamboo crafts)
Quang Phu commune, Quang Dien District. Amazing traditional bamboo tools and huge bamboo woven baskets.
Thanh Tien Village (Paper Flowers)
Phu Mau commune, Phu Vang District, 7 km from Hue City. The art is in the colouring. Saps and leaves are used to make traditional dyes.
Lo Duc Village (bronze casting)
Bui Thi Xuan St, Hue. Southern bank of Perfume River. Phuong Duc’s bronze products, from hundreds of years ago to the present day, including bells and fine art figures can be seen throughout Vietnam.
My Xuyen Village (wood carving)
40 km north of Hue. Phong Hua commune, Phong Dien District. From crafted temples to furniture to artifacts.
My Lam Village (conical hats)
Phu My commune, Phu Vang District. A behind-the-scenes look at making ‘Non’ – Vietnam’s iconic headwear.
Phuoc Tich Village (pottery)
30 km north of Hue. Phong Hoa commune, Phong Dien District. A traditional village of pottery artisans and interesting old houses dating back to the Champa period.
Sinh village (folk painting)
Phu Vang District. Traditional centre for folk-worship woodblock paintings.
Water, Sport, Family and Fun
Beach Bar, The
14 km east of Hue. Phu Thuan Beach, Xuan An Road
A stunning private beach away from hawkers and the teeming hoards attached to the Beach Bar Hue Hostel. The small entry fee is recouped if you have a meal. Shade and comfortable seating abundant. A great place to chill.
53 kms south of Hue
Hue Water Puppet Theatre
Kids Play area below Co-op Mart
Thuan An Beach
12 km east of Hue
The main public beach for Hue.
Tours in Hue
Combination Tours (Boat, Bus, Car, Cyclo)
Mandarin Café (bus and boat)
Mandarin Café hosts a number of tours and you are sure to find one that suits you. The boat trip is a popular choice: A tour jam-packed with great variety including Hue’s most impressive tombs from the Ngyuen Dynasty. Follow the Perfume River upstream and visit: Sampan Village, Phu Mong garden house, Thien Mu Pagoda, Hon Chen Temple, Minh Mang Tomb, Khai Dinh Tomb, Tu Duc Tomb, Incense stick and conical hat making villages. Includes English-speaking guide and lunch. Hours: 8.30 – 16.30. Check out the website for all the options.
Anamandara (car, boat, cyclo)
Anamandara hosts a variety of top-end excursions. They use air-conditioned cars, not buses, and ‘butler guides’ not ‘guides. The Hue Cultural tour is a popular half-day choice.
Motor Bike Tours