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Hue is situated in central Vietnam along the Huong River, a few kilometers from Bien Dong. This province was the former capital of nine previous Nguyen kingdoms. Hue has retained its cultural heritage which is rooted in the values of Vietnam. Hue is a tantalizing work of art that blends romantic rivers, picturesque mountains, and stunning landscapes.

 

Hue is bordered by Quang Tri to the north and Da Nang to the south. The province covers an area of 5,053.99 square kilometers. Thua Thien Hue has eight districts which include 150 communes and towns. Hue is situated on the north-south road. The city is an important hub of politics, history, tourism, technology, culture, education, and science in the region.

Hue is around 700 kilometers south of Hanoi and around 1100 kilometers north of Ho Chi Minh City. The province experiences dry season from March to August with temperatures of 35⁰C to 40⁰C at its hottest. The monsoon season starts from August to January with frequent floods during October. The temperature during rainy season drops to 20⁰C and at times to 9⁰C. Spring starts in January till late February.

For almost 400 years (1558-1945), Hue was the capital of nine kingdoms of the Nguyen dynasty. The remnants of the former dynasty are scattered sporadically in different parts of the province. The city has retained its old world charm and natural beauty. Hue has beautiful and historically significant palaces, tombs, rives, and temples for tourists who want an authentic experience.

Situated at the center of Hue, on the north side of the Huong River’s bank, the architectural design of the area reflects the Nguyen dynasty’s influence before years significantly changed the landscape. One of the former dynasty’s symbols is the Hue citadel, Tu Cam Thanh. The citadel is a reminder of harmony and influence of Western civilization during the Nguyen reign. The architecture is carefully intertwined with nature, which creates a beautiful landscape for tourists.

Hoang Thanh is bordered by a wall that measures around 600 meters lengthwise and has four unique entry points. The road that leads to Than Dao has distinct architecture namely the Nginh Luong Dinh, Ky Dai, Phu Van Lau, Thai Hoa, Ngo Mon, Can Thanh, Can Chanh, Kien Trung, and Khon Thai. Than Dao has many interesting small and large structures on its roadside.

Located on both sides of the famous Huong River, the Nguyen Kings’ royal tombs are regarded as achievements in architecture. The tombs were constructed as ‘gateways’ to heaven for royalty. The tombs were designed after the personality of its owner. The Gia Long Tomb is considered as one of the best designed tombs in the region. The Minh Mang and Tu Duc Tombs are also well-known tombs because of their sophistication and closeness to nature.

Hue also has renowned gardens namely Ngu Vien, Truong Ninh, Thuong Mau, Thu Quang, and Thiee Phuong. The eye-catching design of the gardens is not only scenic but it also creates a serene atmosphere for its visitors. Each garden has the shadow of the Hue citadel looming over it. The province was the former capital for almost half a century. The institutions built during that era were built on the principles of Confucianism. Besides the astonishing architecture, Hue is also home to hundreds of pagodas.

With the influence of the feudal dynasties and Confucian philosophy, the province’s festivals and music have their own personality. The royal court has various ceremonies namely Te Xa Tac, Te Giao, Doan Duong, Nguyen Dan, Dai Trieu, Van Tho, Truyen Lo, Ban Soc, and Duyet Binh. The common folk have numerous festivals that visitors can participate in such as Sinh, Hon Chen, and Cau Ngu. Visitors can also enjoy folk music namely ‘tuong’ Hue and dance of Hue.

A visit to the province in June will offer a unique cultural experience. Tourists will get a chance to celebrate a festival that has taken place for hundreds of years when they visit Hue in June. The ritual royal music of Hue has piqued the interest of many foreign tourists. The ritual music in Hue originated from eight different kinds of ritual music from the Nguyen and Le Dynasties. The ritual music has evolved into two types of music, which are ‘Dai Nhac’ and ‘Nha Nhac’. These two types of ritual music are only played during formal events. The city of Hue is proud to be called the cradle of traditional music. The Royal Refined Music was declared by UNESCO as a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity on December 1993. The government has taken the necessary steps needed to preserve the traditional music of the city. The city has recently petitioned its royal music for inclusion into UNESCO’s Intangible Heritage of Humanity.

Nowadays, Hue has become modernized like most cities in Vietnam. Despite its modernization, Hue has not lost its soul. Its ancient structures were carefully restored and Hue festival is celebrated every two years. Hue combines urban landscaping and natural beauty perfectly. The combination of urban and natural design creates the perfect city.

Aside from music and architecture, Hue has also retained its dishes. There are more than 1000 dishes cooked Hue-style that have been around since the Nguyen Dynasty. There are dozens of cuisines that are made with scrumptious flavor and tantalizing colors. The city’s dishes are characterized by the heavy use of vegetables and fruits.

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