Hue attractions, Vietnam
Hue attractions focus on the ‘Purple Forbidden City’ royal region inside the walled and moated Imperial City, particularly the Palace of Supreme Harmony and Khai Dinh’s extravagant burial chamber.
The ancient Imperial City of Hue is beautifully located and wrapped in a tranquil atmosphere, with a spectacular fortified palace that is one of the country’s most important historic sites.
Main Hue attractions
One of the restored Imperial City gates. Photo by Clemens Vasters.
Some big sights are located within walking distance of Hue’s centre – The Citadel/ Imperial City – but a proper look at the best of Hue is going to involve some kind of transport out to Tien Mu Temple (Pagoda), the Tomb of Tu Duc and the Royal Tombs including Tombs of Minh Mang and Khai Dinh.
The road to Da Nang from Hue – aka ‘the Mandarin Road’ – through Truong Son Mountains is a superbly picturesque driving route, with the highest point known as ‘the Pass of Clouds’.
Minh Mang’s tomb
Emperor Minh Mang‘s tomb, in the same vein as Khai Dinh’s. Photo by Serge-Ottaviani.
Eight Immortals seen in Minh Mang’s tomb, a Taoist symbol of longevity and happiness. Photo by LigerCommon.
Minh Mang’s tomb offers a superb balance of landscaping and architecture that surpasses all other royal tombs in Hue, though Khai Dinh is the glitter winner.
Emperor Minh Mang reigned from 1820 to 1840. Work on his tomb began in 1820 but was still under construction on his death so his son and successor Thieu Tri had to complete the project, with a little help from ten thousand labourers and artisans. Here we can see some of Mang’s favourite guards and servants.