1. Overview

Hue is a city in Thua Thien Hue province, Vietnam. This place is famous for its rich history dating back to Vietnam under the Tay Son and Nguyen dynasties. In December 1993, UNESCO classified Hue as a world cultural relic. Therefore, Hue is desired by many tourists to explore magnificent and ancient architecture and landscapes. Below, Metta Voyage will suggest you 15 Hue places to visit with history and cultural attractions.

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2.1. Imperial City Hue

Imperial Hue City is part of a vast complex of relics of the ancient capital of Hue, including more than 100 outstanding architectural works such as The Noon Gate, Thai Hoa Palace, Dien Tho Palace, Truong Sanh Palace, Hung Mieu temple, and Dynastic Temple. Although history has passed, the mysterious stories here still stimulate the curiosity of tourists. You can ride a bicycle or rent a cyclo to move around and enjoy the scenery. However, if you are traveling with a family with kids, a taxi is the most suitable means of transportation.

  • Location: 23/8 street, Thuan Hoa ward, Hue city, Thua Thien Hue province, Vietnam
  • Open time: From 7 AM  to 5:30 PM / everyday
  • Price: 8.53$ for adults and 1.71$ for children (children under the age of 6 are free)

2.2. Tomb of Minh Mang

Under the Nguyen Dynasty, there were 7 mausoleums; Minh Mang Tomb, also known as Hieu Mausoleum, is one of Hue’s famous and historic mausoleums. This place has a relatively large scale, including 40 inner works such as Dai Hong Mon, Minh Lau, Buu Thanh, etc.

There are two ways to travel: First, you can move by taxi or rent a motorbike. Second is that you take a Dragon boat ride up the Perfume River, an interesting journey that will take you to the Mausoleum; the boat tour price is about 34.12$/pax.

  • Location: Highway 49, Huong Tho commune, Huong Tra district, Thua Thien Hue province, Vietnam
  • Open time: From 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM / everyday
  • Price: 4.26$ for adults and 0.85$ for children

2.3. Tomb of Gia Long

Gia Long Tomb Hue has the most beautiful feng shui position among the Nguyen Dynasty’s mausoleums and is famous for the ironic love story between the Emperor and Queen Thua Thien Cao. Gia Long Tomb is like a masterpiece combining nature and architecture with 42 large and small hills and stone stele worshiping kings. If you go on a big road, you can move the car through Tuan Bridge, Minh Mang Tomb, and Huu Trach Bridge. If you cross the Ta Trach River, you can go through the pontoon bridge built by people.

  • Location: Huong Tho commune, Hue city, Thua Thien Hue Province, Vietnam
  • Open time: From 7 AM to 5:30 PM / everyday
  • Price: 2.13$ for adults and Free for children

2.4. Thien Mu Pagoda

Thien Mu Pagoda is a temple with a very high spirituality; one symbol associated with the image of the pagoda is the Phuoc Duyen tower. The pagoda is also place to many precious artifacts in history and art, such as Ho Phap, Thap Vuong, ancient couplets, and stone steles. Although Thien Mu Pagoda has undergone many historical events and been restored many times, it still retains its sacredness and mysterious beauty. The road to the temple is quite simple; you just need to hire a taxi or motorbike to visit this famous place in Hue.

  • Location: Ha Khe hill, An Ninh Thuong village, Kim Long ward, Thua Thien Hue province, Vietnam
  • Open time: From 8 AM to 6 PM / everyday
  • Price: Free

2.5. Dieu De Pagoda

Dieu De Pagoda has an area of more than 10,000 m2 and is one of the famous monuments of Hue. Every Buddha’s birthday season, there will be a Buddhist bathing ceremony or Buddha procession of Hue Buddhism, which is very meaningful. Moreover, the temple’s highlight is the main hall, with the painting of Long Van Khe Hoi, the image of majestic dragons painted when the temple was rebuilt after 1953. Dieu De Pagoda is only about 5.9km from Thien Mu Pagoda, so you can travel by taxi or rent a motorbike.

  • Location: No. 100B Bach Dang Street, Phu Cat Ward, Thua Thien Hue Province, Vietnam
  • Open time: From 5:30 AM to 7 PM / everyday
  • Price: Free

2.6. Hue Museum of Royal Fine Arts

Hue Museum of Royal Fine Arts is the place to hundreds of famous artifacts made of gold, crockery, porcelain, etc. In addition, the museum also has a lot of ancient costumes of the royal family and soldiers in the Nguyen Dynasty. Moreover, you will admire the awesome collection of handmade ceramics from China, Japan, and France. You can travel by taxi or motorbike. Also, you rent a cyclo to go across the beautiful Perfume River to come here.

  • Location: No. 3, Le Truc street, Thuan Thanh ward, Thua Thien Hue province, Vietnam
  • Open time: From 7 AM to 5:30 PM / everyday
  • Price: 6.40$ for adults and 2.13$ for children

2.7. Phu Cam Hat Village
Conical hats are a beautiful symbol in Vietnam, even more beautiful when you wear them with Hue’s traditional Ao Dai. Phu Cam hat village in Hue is a vocational training place and an art exhibition for anyone interested in Vietnamese culture. The conical hat in Phu Cam is both thin and light and has a delicate design with soft calligraphic strokes around it. Because the location is in the center of Hue city, it is easy for you to travel by taxi or motorbike.

  • Location: Phan Dinh Phung street, Phu Nhuan ward, Thua Thien Hue province, Vietnam
  • Open time: 24/24
  • Price: Depend on items

2.8. Bach Ma National Park

Bach Ma National Park has a total area of nearly 37,500 hectares and is a large primeval forest with 2373 species of plants and 1715 rare animal species, listed in the Red Book of Vietnam. Moreover, you will admire the ancient villas built during the French period, some of which have been restored to become resorts for tourists, such as Do Quyen, Kim Giao, Sao La. Therefore, it can be said that Bach Ma National Park is a Hue place to visit chosen by many tourists; they often travel by taxi or motorbike.

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  • Location: Phu Loc district, Thua Thien Hue province, Vietnam
  • Open time: 24/24
  • Price: 2.56$ for adults and 0.85$ for children

2.9. Dong Ba Market 

Dong Ba Market is one of Hue’s traditional markets, with high cultural and historical value that every visitor who comes here must visit at least once. Many items, such as clothing fabrics, handicrafts, and home decorations, can be bought as souvenirs or gifts for loved ones. Dong Ba Market is easy to find; you just need to take a taxi or ride a motorbike to Tran Hung Dao Street, next to the Perfume River, to see this busy market.

  • Location: 2 Tran Hung Dao, Phu Hoa ward, Thua Thien Hue province, Vietnam
  • Open time:  From 5 AM to 10 PM / everyday
  • Price: Depend on items

2.10. Huyen Tran Princess Temple

Huyen Tran Cultural Center, also known as the Huyen Tran Princess Temple, is an architectural complex with bold cultural, spiritual, and historical colors. The space is up to 28.5 hectares, and all the works are located on a straight axis, with a dignified look. The highlight in the temple is the statue of Princess Huyen Tran sitting on a bronze casted throne, 2.37m high and 700 kg in weight. Located just 8 km from Hue city, traveling by taxi or motorbike is very suitable.

  • Location: 151 Thien Thai Street, An Tay Ward, Hue City, Thua Thien Hue Province, Vietnam
  • Open time:  From 7 AM to 5 PM / everyday
  • Price: 1.28$ / pax

2.11. Perfume River

Perfume River, also known as Huong Giang, is a river that appears a lot in Vietnamese poetry and is a famous river in Hue. The river is up to 80 km long, winding around the Imperial City, Imperial Citadel, and the Forbidden City of Hue. Coming to Hue, do not miss the experience of cruising on the Perfume River for $4.27/pax, to be “slowly alive” and admiring the beautiful scenery on both sides of the river and immersing in Hue folk songs. Moreover, walking round the river and watching the sunset in the afternoon is also a great idea.

  • Location: Tran Hung Dao and Le Loi streets, right in the center of Hue city, Vietnam
  • Open time:  24/24
  • Price: Free

2.12. Royal Theater 

Royal Theater, also known as Duyet Thi Duong Theater, is one of the oldest theaters in Vietnam. This is the theater of the palace, a place for the king and the royal family to enjoy traditional art forms, especially Vietnamese Opera. The theater has a height of 12 m, including 2 floors, and the interior is made of ironwood. Since 2004, Royal Theater has been operated by Hue Monuments Conservation Center with many Hue traditional art forms, including Hue royal court music, to serve tourists. You just need to tax a taxi or motorbike to get to the theater.

  • Location: Doan Thi Diem street, Phu Hau ward, Hue City, Thua Thien Hue province, Vietnam
  • Open time:  From 6:30 AM to 5:30 PM / everyday
  • Price: 8.53$/ pax

2.13. Thanh Toan Bridge

Thanh Toan Bridge is one of Vietnam’s few ancient bridges with unique architecture. Specifically, this bridge has a total length of 16.85 meters, a width of 4.63 meters, and is divided into 7 compartments. From the outside, you will see that the overall bridge is shaped like a house. Every day during the festival season, people also hold a ceremony to process the spirit of Mrs. Tran Thi Dao – who was instrumental in initiating the bridge’s construction. You can easily travel to the bridge by taxi, motorbike, or bus.

  • Location: Thuy Thanh Chanh village, Thuy Thanh commune, Huong Thuy town, Thua Thien Hue province, Vietnam
  • Open time:  From 7 AM to 6 PM / everyday
  • Price: Free

2.14. Phu Cam Cathedral  

Phu Cam Cathedral is one of the famous landmarks of the ancient capital, nearly 400 years old. Despite many ups and downs, today’s Phu Cam Cathedral still retains its quiet and ancient features, like the West sky in Hue. Besides the primary materials are reinforced concrete, the Cathedral still uses stone, wood, and terracotta tiles for the foundation, columns, and roof. The prayer seating area is quite large, accommodating up to 3000 people. Phu Cam Hue Church is quite close to the city center area, so moving here is easy.

  • Location: No. 1 Doan Huu Trung, Phuoc Vinh ward,  Hue city, Thua Thien Hue province, Vietnam
  • Open time:
    From 5 AM to 6 PM / Day of the week
    From 5:30 AM to 8 AM and 3 PM to 6:30 PM / Sunday
  • Price: Free

2.15. Quoc Hoc Hue High School For The Gifted

Quoc Hoc Hue High School For The Gifted is a school with more than 120 years of history and one of Vietnam’s three oldest schools. In addition, this place is an architectural heritage bearing the imprint of France in the early twentieth century. Blending the ancient, along with the red color, creates a school with a bold Asian overall. To get to the school, you take a taxi or motorbike on Le Loi street for a short distance, and you will quickly recognize this old school.

  • Location: No. 12 Le Loi, Vinh Ninh ward,  Hue city, Thua Thien Hue province, Vietnam
  • Open time:  Weekday afternoons and full day Sundays
  • Price: Free

When it comes to destinations to visit in Hue, there are countless places to visit. However, the above are 15 places that many tourists love.
To wrap up, these locations differ in color, design, and story, but they all have common things that have high national historical significance and are imbued with Hue culture and Vietnam. For more information about Hue city, you can refer to the tour here.

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