1. Overview of Hue sightseeing

Nature bestows hue because of its serene and poetic beauty. Additionally, long-standing architectural works and many, distinctive architectural styles are distinctive features of Hue. This dreamland draws tourists not just for its tranquility, leisurely pace of life, and cultural and historical significance, but also for the warmth and friendliness of its inhabitants.  If you are planning your visit to Hue, check our detailed guide with the list of the top 10 interesting Hue sightseeing in this poetic place.

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2. The Imperial City of Hue

The Imperial was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993. Hue Imperial City sustained significant damage in 1968 during a military campaign in the Vietnam War. After the fight, only 10 important structures were left out of the 160 total. Over time, the Hue Citadel’s structures have been gradually restored. There are many temples, pagodas, royal tombs, quarters, palaces, residences, and the Forbidden Purple City within this expansive complex.


  • Opening hours: 7:00 – 18:00 every day
  • Admission Fee:

Adults: 150,000 VND (US$6.50)

Children: 30,000 VND (US$1.30)

  • Location: FH9H+M5Q, Hue City, Thua Thien Hue, Vietnam

3. Royal Tombs of Hue

The Hue tombs give off the impression of a long-forgotten, almost legendary world, with their moss-covered structures concealed in the hills and their worn-out stone warriors bravely guarding the dead. Before the Nguyen Dynasty’s deaths, all of them prepared their own royal tombs that reflected their individual temperaments and ideologies.

There are seven tombs. Each tomb differs in its architecture, significance, and aesthetic appeal.

TombLocationOpening hoursAdmission fee
Minh Mang 9HQC+CW2, Huong Tho, Huong Tra, Thua Thien Hue, VietnamSummer:

6:30 – 17:30


7:00 – 17:00


100,000 VND

Children < 13 years old: 20,000 VND

Tu Duc Dong Ba Bridge, Thuong Village, Thua Thien Hue, Vietnam
Khai Dinh Khai Dinh, Hue City, Thua Thien Hue, Vietnam
Gia Long 9H6W+PP8, Huong Tho, Huong Tra, Thua Thien Hue, VietnamAdults:

40,000 VND

Children < 13 years old: free

Thieu Tri CH9F+42V, Thuy Bang, Huong Thuy, Thua Thien Hue, Vietnam
Duc Duc, Thanh Thai, Duy Tan Duy Tan, An Cuu, Thua Thien Hue, Vietnam
Dong Khanh 8 Doan Nhu Hai, Thuy Xuan, Thua Thien Hue, Vietnam

4. Thai Hoa Palace

Thai Hoa Palace, one of Hue Imperial City’s most significant landmarks, was built in 1805. It is where important court celebrations and international ambassadorial welcomes take place. Entering inside Thai Hoa Palace, you can find a golden throne and red-lacquered timber columns with a golden dragon insignia.

  • Opening hours: 6:30 – 17:00
  • Admission Fee:

Adults: 150,000 VND (US$6.50)

Children (6-12 years old): 30,000 VND (US$1.30)

  • Location: Hue Imperial City, Hue City, Thua Thien – Hue Province

5. Huong river (Perfume river)

Huong river or Perfume river which looks like “a silver sword upright to the sky”, is around 80 kilometers long. When traveling to Hue, do not forget to experience a while of boating along the Huong river to take in the fresh air and the stunning views of the surrounding landscape on both sides of the poetry River. When the nights come and the lights are on, you will immerse yourself in the splendor and romance of Hue.

Huong river

  • Ticket price:

Dragon boat ride on Huong river:300,000 VND – 400,000 VND/ per hour

Dragon boat rental service and listening to Hue songs: 1,300,000 – 1,400,000 VND/ boat

  • Opening hours:

Monday – Thursday: 8:00 – 21:00

Friday, Saturday, Sunday: 8:00 – 22:00

  • Location: 49 Le Loi, Hue City, Thua Thien Hue, Vietnam

6. Thien Mu Pagoda

Thien Mu Pagoda (as known as Linh Mu Pagoda) was built by Lord Nguyen Hoang in 1601. The most distinctive feature of the pagoda, the Phuoc Duyen octagonal seven-story tower, was erected in 1884. The pagoda is not only famed for its significant architectural achievements but it is also regarded as the most sacred temple in all of Vietnam. In 1996, Thien Mu pagoda was recognized as a national relic (art architecture).

  • Location: Nguyen Phuc Nguyen St., Huong Long village, North bank of Perfume River – 5 km from Hue city center
  • Entrance fee: Free
  • Opening hours: 6:00 – 18:00 every day

7. Dong Ba Market

Dong Ba Market is the largest commercial center of Thua Thien Hue. In the market, you may find a variety of foods such as clam rice, beef noodles, khoái cakes, pancakes, and sour shrimp…. In addition, the market sells Hue’s traditional crafts, such as Phu Cam conical hats, bronze items made by the Duc guild, Phuoc Tich pottery, and Bao La rattan and bamboo products. These cultural gifts and souvenirs would be very special!

  • Location: Phu Hoa, Hue City, Thua Thien Hue, Vietnam
  • Entrance fee: free
  • Opening hours: 3:00 – 18:30

8. Thanh Toan Tile-roofed Bridge

Thanh Toan Bridge is one of the well-known tourist destinations in Hue and is situated in the commune of Thuy Thanh. This wooden bridge which was designed in the architectural style “house above bridge”, spans 18,75 meters in length. In 1990, Thanh Toan tile-roofed bridge was recognized as a national relic. When seeing the sights in Hue, you should not skip Thanh Toan Bridge because of its distinctive architectural splendor and picturesque surroundings in the charming countryside.

  • Location: Thuy Thanh Commune, Huong Thuy Town, Thua Thien Hue, Vietnam
  • Opening hours: 24/24 every day
  • Entrance fee: 30,000 VND

9. Hue Museum of Royal Antiquities

There is a substantial collection of 9000 items from the Ly and Nguyen dynasties. Additionally, the museum has stored and conserved thousands of other royal antiquities such as porcelain, enameled bronze wares, and royal attires,…These items depict the Nguyen kings and mandarins’ royal lifestyle, political ceremonies, and ideology from 1802 to 1945. Taking a tour of the Hue Museum of Royal Antiquities will not make you disappointed!

  • Location: 3 Le Truc, Phu Hau, Hue City, Thua Thien Hue, Vietnam
  • Opening hours:

Summer: 6:30 – 17:30 every day, except Mondays

Winter: 7:00 – 17:00 every day, except Mondays

  • Fare (for package tour of Imperial Citadel, Forbidden Citadel and Hue Museum of Royal Antiquities)

Adults: 150,000 VND (US$6.50)

Children (7 – 12 years old): 30,000 VND (US$1.30)


10. Duyet Thi Duong Royal Theater

Duyet Thi Duong Royal Theater was constructed in 1826 in the seventh year of Minh Mang reign. The theater is the oldest royal theater in Vietnam. This is a place where Nguyen Dynasty Emperors, high officials, guests, and emissaries enjoyed classic drama performances.

  • Location: FHCH+4C6, Doan Thi Diem, Phu Hau, Hue City, Thua Thien Hue, Vietnam
  • Opening time: 10:00 and 15:00, 45 minutes each
  • Fare: 200,000 VND /person

11. Thuy Xuan incense-making village

Hue’s Thuy Xuan incense village is renowned for its long-standing incense-making history, which dates back to the Nguyen Dynasty, almost 700 years ago. Visitors to the agarwood artisan village will have the chance to learn more about the meticulous and unique handmade incense production process. This is an excellent chance for tourists to gain a deeper understanding of the art of producing incense as well as the beauty of culture, lifestyle, and daily lives of the dreaming Hue people.

  • Location: 84 Huyen Tran Cong Chua St., Thuy Xuan, about 7km to the southwest of Hue City
  • Best time to visit: Summer

12. Conclusion

These are the top 10 most fascinating and wonderful places for seeing the sights in Hue, Vietnam that can be considered to be on your list for an unforgettable experience. Please contact Metta Voyage to get more information and get ready to spend quality time in the dreaming Hue.

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