Imperial City of Hue, Top Places to See in 2 Days

Visiting the city of Hue, a quick visit to the past

Where is the city of Hue and why is it worth a visit?

Located in the center of Vietnam, the city of Hue was the imperial capital until 1945. It is a city with a lot of history and therefore it is full of historical buildings that are worth visiting.

The monuments of Hue were declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1993. Unfortunately, the city of Hue was one of the most affected by the Vietnam War and only 10 percent of all the structures from the imperial period remain. Today, many buildings are still being restored, but many others were lost forever.

The city of Hue - The Citadel
The city of Hue – The Citadel

What to see and what to do in Hue?

1. The Citadel

Still, there’s a lot to see in Hue. But, a must is a visit to the Citadel, the old enclosure of the Nguyen dynasty emperors. The Citadel is a walled place of 520 hectares composed of large gardens, lakes, temples, palaces and gates. It is mainly divided into:

  1. The Imperial City.
  2. The Royal City.
  3. The Purple Forbidden City.

Of the three, the Purple Forbidden City was the residence of the former emperors. It’s similar to the Forbidden City in Beijing, although much smaller. The whole of the Citadel is a place to enjoy tranquility and spend a whole day imagining how life must have been in those distant, different and forgotten times.

City of Hue - The Citadel - Garden
City of Hue – The Citadel

Schedules and prices to enter the Citadel

The Citadel complex is open from 8:00 to 17:30 every day. The entrance fee is 150.000 VND (6€) for adults and for children between 7 and 12 years old it is 30.000 VND (1€).

There are also two types of combined tickets. If you want to buy a combined ticket that includes the Citadel and 2 imperial tombs (Khai Dinh and Minh Mang) the price goes up to 280.000 VND (10€) and for children between 7 and 12 years old 55.000 VND (2€).

Finally, you also have the option to buy a combined ticket to see the Citadel and the 3 most important imperial tombs of Hue (mentioned below). The price of this ticket is 360.000 VND (14€) for adults and 70.000 VND (2,50€) for children.

City of Hue - The Citadel - Gate
City of Hue – The Citadel – Gate

2. The Tombs of the Emperors

Another must is to visit at least one of the many imperial tombs in the city. There are all kinds of tombs; tombs from different periods and different dynasties. The most famous are:

  1. The Tomb of Emperor Khai Dinh
  2. The Tomb of Emperor Minh Mang
  3. The Tomb of the Emperor Tu Duc 
Hue - Tu Duc Tomb
Hue – Tu Duc Tomb

3. Looking to party in the city of Hue

It was impossible for us to go around the city anymore because of two days of endless rain. In order to feel better and try to make the most of our stay in this beautiful city, we decided to burn the accumulated rest by going out to party in Hue.

It seems that in some places in Vietnam it is difficult to find nightclubs. And if there are, they often tell you they’re only for Vietnamese. Therefore, you often end up in pubs with lots of tourists, but with a great atmosphere. In Hue we ended up going to Brown Eyes, a place with good music and a good atmosphere.

Next Destination: Trip from Hue to Ninh Binh

After 2 days in the city of Hue we said goodbye to the old imperial capital and took a bus to Ninh Binh, one of the most spectacular places in Vietnam. Ninh Binh is 570 km from Hue, so we had to wait about 6 hours by bus. So, we continue going north, every day closer to the so expected Halong Bay.

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City of Hue - The Citadel - Gate
City of Hue – The Citadel – Gate

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