Hue was the imperial capital of Vietnam for 143 years, from the year 1802 to the year 1945. And you will have plenty of places to visit; the Citadel in Hue, the Imperial Tombs, cemeteries, markets and even an abandoned water park.
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WHAT TO SEE AND DO IN HUE, VIETNAM
Visit the Imperial City of Hue
The Imperial City was the home and center of control for the emperors of Vietnam. Within the Imperial City, the Forbidden Purple City was built, which was only accessible to members of the royal family.
It is an essential place to see in Hue, you cannot miss it.
Visit the 7 Imperial Tombs
You have a total of 7 Imperial tombs to visit in Hue. I recommend you book a taxi for half a day to visit them. The taxi driver will stop you at each of them and will wait for you at the exit. The most popular are the tombs of Tu Duc, Khai Dinh and Minh Mang, although I recommend you visit them all.
Thien Mu Pagoda, an essential place to see in Hue
The Thien Mu (Heavenly Lady) Pagoda is a must-see in Hue. You will find it on the banks of the Perfume River and it is actually a complex with several buildings, statues...
The origin of the name of the pagoda comes from a legend that tells how an old woman who appeared on top of a mountain said that a lord would come and build a pagoda that would bring prosperity to the country. Thus, Nguyen Hoang had it built.
At the back of the temple, you can find the car used by the monk Thich Quang Duc to go to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh), where in 1963 he sacrificed himself in protest against religious inequality.
An Bang Cemetery (Hue Ghost Town), a little-known place to see in Hue
An Bang Cemetery, also known as City of Ghosts. It is a place rarely visited by tourists and has a very mystical atmosphere.
This cemetery originated in 1995 and since then there are more and more tower-shaped tombs decorated to the smallest detail that appear in it.
Hue local market
One of the best things to do anywhere in Vietnam is to visit its markets. The local markets are full of colors, fresh products, locals that come and go… I love them. In Vietnam it is normal to see markets in various parts of the city, in Hue you have a couple of markets for fresh products and then there is a closed market where they sell textiles, souvenirs, counterfeits, etc.
Hue Abandoned Water Park
In Hue there is an abandoned water park. In reality, access is prohibited, but if you ask any taxi driver, they know how to get to the back entrance, where there is less surveillance. Although the guards are not the problem, you just have to give him a tip and they will indicate a path to sneak through a hole in the fence.
You can walk the trails, ride some of the attractions, see the empty pools, and the famous structure with a huge dragon. Many people visit this place, although it is not a popular visit. In our case, we visited it alone and in the dragon we found two more boys. Inside the park there is no surveillance and you can walk around without any problem.
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