former capital city of an independent Vietnam since 1802, Hue was
not only a political centre, but also a cultural, religious centre
under Nguyen Dynasty until 1945. The Perfume river winding through
the citadel, forbidden city and royal palace enhances the beauty of
this original feudal city.
In Hue there are
more than 1000 works from 20 group of relics including the citadel
system, palaces, temples, tombs ... and unique works of art which
have been recognized as a UNESCO world cultural heritage. Hue is
also the center of Buddhism in the country with over 100 ancient
temples; and a place for keeping many intangible cultural heritage
as the type of art, music, dances provide home, food, festival , in
handicrafts, customs and habits ... special identity, cultural
integration between the home and also folklore. Many monuments in
Hue is priceless architectural work, attract researchers and
tourists, firstly where the Nguyen Dynasty kings have reigned.
The most worth visiting place is Hue must be the royal citadel, or
Purple Forbidden City, the citadel was built on the territory of Phu
Xuan village so most Capital Cities also known as Thanh Phu Xuan.
The Emperor Gia Long started construction in 1804. The citadel has
four doors, including door Ngo Mon Gate is the most important.
To the west the Citadel, situated on the banks of the Perfume River,
tombs of the Nguyen kings considered the achievements of landscape
architecture materialized. The Kings' tombs, sometimes a paradise
created for owners to enjoy when they were still alive, and then
became eternal when they passed away. With that notion the tombs of
Nguyen Kings all have a completely unique architecture in Vietnam
Besides citadel, palaces, magnificent tombs, Hue
many unique architecture works of art associated with the
institution of royal authority. Mix
between the original unique architectures, we also have Temple of
Nam Giao - where Kings worshipped Heaven, Xa Tac temple where Earth
Spirit, Rice Spirit were dedicated, and Ho Quyen, or Tiger Arena
where tigers and elephants fought....