Hue see and do guide: History

An independent selection of the best things to see and do in Hue. No paid placements, no advertorial.

Hue see and do guide

Khai Dinh's Tomb

Khai Dinh was the last of the Nguyen Dynasty emperors to have a grand mausoleum built in his honour. His is the most bizarre,... Read more

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Khai Dinh's Tomb
Chan Chu, Hue
100,000VND

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Hue Citadel

Hue’s Imperial Citadel is the centrepiece attraction of the former royal capital. It was the home of Vietnam’s last royal... Read more

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Hue Citadel
23 Thang 8, Hue
150,000VND

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Thien Mu Pagoda

Hue's oldest pagoda, Thien Mu - also known as Linh Mu, is one of the city's most beautiful places. Early mornings and late... Read more

An Dinh Palace, Hue

Built by his father Khai Dinh, An Dinh Palace was the last Hue abode of Bao Dai, the last Nguyen Dynasty King. He lived here... Read more

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An Dinh Palace, Hue
97 Phan Dinh Phung St, Hue - or at the rear on Nguyen Hue St

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Dieu De Pagoda, Hue

Dieu De Pagoda is a lovely serene spot on Bach Dang St near the eastern gate of the citadel. It's a good place to incorporate... Read more

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Dieu De Pagoda, Hue
Bach Dang St Hue
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DMZ day trip from Hue

The DMZ day trip from Hue may be popular, but whether you're a casual visitor or a history buff, it's a not an entirely... Read more

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DMZ day trip from Hue
From Dong Ha, 75kms north of Hue

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Gia Long's Tomb, Hue

Remoteness has meant that the tomb of Gia Long, the man who established Vietnam’s capital in Hue, sees few travellers - all the... Read more

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Gia Long's Tomb, Hue
18kms from town along the river
100k - arbitrary payment to guard

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Ho Chi Minh Museum, Hue

One for the Ho Chi Minh or museum fanatics. It's on the main road so there's no harm in stopping. Very similar to the Ho Chi... Read more

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Ho Chi Minh Museum, Hue
Le Loi St, Hue, Vietnam not far past the National School

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Ho Quyen Royal Arena

Ho Quyen is worth visiting in part because so few travellers do. And the remains are in remarkably good shape - and have not yet... Read more

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Ho Quyen Royal Arena
Off Bui Thi Xuan St
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Hue's historic churches

Phu Cam and Our Lady of Perpetual Help churches in downtown Hue have played an important role in Vietnam's modern history. While... Read more

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Hue's historic churches
Phu Cam - Doan Huu Trong St. OLPH - Nguyen Hue St

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Minh Mang's Tomb

A little further out of town, a new bridge has made Minh Mang's Tomb far more accessible. Until recent years it was accessible... Read more

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Minh Mang's Tomb
Follow Minh Mang Rd to Hue City bypass and cross the river
100,000VND

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Nam Giao, Hue

Hue's answer to Beijing's Temple of Heaven may be modest in the extreme - but it's worth taking a short wander around this... Read more

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Nam Giao, Hue
Le Ngo Cat Hue - at the end of both Dien Bien Phu and Phan Boi Chau Streets
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National School, Hue

A great stop to include in an afternoon walk along the Perfume River. The National School is probably Vietnam's most historic... Read more

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National School, Hue
Le Loi St, Hue, Vietnam
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Royal Antiquities Museum, Hue

Hue's Royal Antiquities Museum was recently relocated to a newly renovated palace at its previous address by the citadel. It may... Read more

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Royal Antiquities Museum, Hue
3 Le Truc St, Hue
50,000VND

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Tu Duc's Tomb

Many view Tu Duc's Tomb, with its traditional Chinese style layout, to be the most beautiful of the Nguyen Dynasty Tombs. Untll... Read more

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Tu Duc's Tomb
Huyen Tran Cong Chua St, Hue
100,000VND

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