Places to visit in Hue (Part 1)

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Hue, the ancient capital of Vietnam, is a centre of historical and cultural value. There are many pagodas, tombs and other types of buildings that link the past to present around Hue’s beautiful countryside.

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Bach Ma National Park

Bach Ma National Park stands at 1450 metres above sea level, hosting majestic waterfalls, hiking trails, and dilapidated French villas. Situated in the Annamite Range, this verdant landscape is a popular retreat for locals and travellers from both cities as there are local buses stopping at the nearby Cau Hai Village for 60,000 VND for those travelling from Hue or VND 80,000 from Da Nang. Home to thousands of rare plants and wildlife, visitors can enjoy a full day (or two) of hiking, camping, rappelling, swimming and even abseiling over Do Quyen Fall (Rhododendrun Fall).

Opening Hours: Daily 07:00 – 17:00

Location: Phu Loc, Hue

Price Range: VND 40,000

Bach Ma national park via Local Hue Travel

Ho Quyen, Tiger Fighting Arena

The tiger fighting arena was built in 1832 under the Minh Mang dynasty to host fights between elephants and tigers. The good news is that the fights have not been held since the early 1900’s but amazingly there are still some claw marks left on the walls. The arena is about three kilometers outside of Hue.

Hon Chen Temple

Hon Chen Temple was built to worship Po Nagar, the Goddess of the ancient Cham population in Ngoc Ho Village. Set atop a small rocky cliff in Ngoc Ho Village, this unique shrine underwent numerous restorations under the reigns of Emperor Minh Mang and Dong Khanh between 1832 and 1886. Today, it houses several relics such as ancient vases, Chinese scriptures, religious figures, and animal carvings. Hon Chen Temple Festival is held in the middle of the third and seventh lunar month every year, when visitors can enjoy traditional rituals, folk dance and music performances by local devotees in colourful costumes.

Opening Hours: Daily 07:00 – 17:00

Address: Ngoc Ho Village, Huong Ho Commune, Hue

Hon Chen Temple via Wikipedia

Hue Imperial City

The Hue Imperial City (Complex of Hue Monuments) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It features hundreds of monuments and ruins, such as the Forbidden Purple City, the Imperial City, royal tombs, flag tower, pagodas, temples, a library and museum.

Opening Hours: Daily 07:00 – 17:00

Price Range: VND 150,000

Huyen Tran Princess Temple

Huyen Tran Princess Temple is an expansive complex filled with lotus lakes, Emperor Tran Nhan Tong’s monastery, orchid gardens, and a library containing documents of former kings and important figures of the Tran Dynasty. A 15-minute walk from Tu Doc Royal Tomb, standout attractions include a 2.37-meter tall copper statue of the late princess and a 1.5 tonne Hoa Binh bronze bell. Visitors can also enjoy a number of cultural activities at Huyen Tran Princess Temple, such as incense offerings, bell-ringing ceremony, martial arts, traditional art and music performances, as well as floral arrangements and human chess.

Opening Hours: Daily 07:00 – 17:00

Address: 151 Thien Thai, Thuy An, Hue

Price Range: VND 10,000 for adults, VND 5,000 for children below 12 years

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