Uncover the fascinating history and spectacular beauty of the former capital on this Hue city day tour. Take a guided walking tour of the Imperial Citadel, ancient arena and royal tombs, learning about the once-mighty Nguyen Dynasty. Visit the iconic Thien Mu Pagoda and climb aboard a local cyclo to discover Hue’s quieter corners.
A Day In Hue - Full Day
Today’s tour will begin at 8:30. Kick off the Hue city day tour at the UNESCO-Heritage Imperial Citadel. Roam the expansive grounds, hearing stories of the majestic buildings and the intriguing former emperors. Take a look at areas damaged by conflicts, both ancient and modern, and learn of Hue’s role in Vietnam’s military history.
Continue by cyclo to discover the tranquil gardens and traditional buildings of the region, before arriving at the lotus-filled Tinh Tam Lake. Meaning ‘Peace of Mind’, this former emperors’ relaxation spot is still a popular place for Hue residents to wind down at the end of the day.
The next stop is Thien Mu Pagoda, one of Hue’s iconic landmarks. Discover the many unique spiritual and architectural elements of Thien Mu while touring the compound with the guide. Listen to fascinating stories about the pagoda’s 400-year history and enjoy views over the nearby Perfume River before heading to a local restaurant for lunch.
This afternoon, leave the city centre and travel through Hue’s beautiful countryside. Visit the tomb of Emperor Minh Mang, a Nguyen Dynasty ruler well known for his opposition to any French involvement in Vietnam. Explore his remarkable tomb, admiring the imposing architecture and gorgeous forest setting while learning more about this historic leader. Continue to Khai Dinh’s tomb for a tour of this equally remarkable complex. Admire the blend of traditional Vietnamese design with European touches, which makes it unique from the other tombs in Hue.
Continue your trip by a visit to An Dinh Palace, the private residence of Khai Dinh, Vietnam’s second last and the last emperor until 1955. It was built in 1917 with French architectural styles. After the war, the building was seriously damaged and it was recently restored as part of a German Government aid project. Chance to get an overview of life of a Royal family through the bedroom, entertaining rooms and book room.
Before heading back to the hotel, take time to browse the stalls at Dong Ba Market. The market is teeming with colour and a great place to catch a glimpse of everyday life in modern Hue. (L)
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