Royal Times in Hue
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Last updated: 02/19/2009
The stately city of HuÃ© is draped in historical grandeur and located on the banks of the Perfume River. Up until the end of the World War II HuÃ© was regarded as the centre of Vietnam
Arrival in HuÃ©
The grand old city of HuÃ© lies about 700km south of Hanoi. It is renowned for its stately Royal Citadel, enclosed within a formidable square of walls. These incredible structures measure a whopping 10km long, 6m high and 2m thick. The ancient monarchs of the Nguyen dynasty ruled from their thrones from within this walled fortress. HuÃ© is divided into two halves by the Perfume River. One side is home to the Imperial Citadel, while the French colonial town with most of the hotels and restaurants is situated on the opposite bank.
We have left the programme empty for your first day in Hue, giving you plenty of time to settle in and explore the city. If you are feeling energetic, you can cycle through the local area, passing paddy fields, tiny markets, pagodas and people working in the emerald fields.
Perfume River and Forbidden City Tour (half day)
HuÃ© stands elegantly on the banks of the Song Huong, better known as the Perfume River. The river acquired this name from the flowers that used to grow along its banks, giving it an enchanting floral scent. Today, you'll take a boat cruise along the romantic river, with views of the impressive Thien Mu pagoda. This is one of the most famous, and most beautiful, pagodas in Vietnam. The seven storeys of the octagonal temple tower reach high into the sky, each storey representing a different incarnation of the Buddha.
After visiting this pagoda you'll be taken by car to the Imperial Citadel. Inside the Citadel you'll find the Forbidden Purple City, a unique and humbling place. The Royal Library and several royal apartments have been preserved or reconstructed, and the Nguyen rulers are commemorated in the form of large bronze urns. These dynastic urns stand in the courtyard. Some of the Citadel and almost the entire Forbidden Purple City were destroyed during the Vietnam War, as HuÃ© was unfortunately located on the border between North and South Vietnam. The Citadel has become a Cultural Heritage Site and has been mostly reconstructed as authentically as possible.
You'll round off the morning with a visit to the raucous Dong Ba market. This market has been in existence since the start of the 20th century and there is a mind-boggling variety of local products and delicacies on sale. Wander around wide-eyed and taste some local treats. Your cultural morning ends around noon and you'll have the afternoon to spend at your own leisure.
Departure from HuÃ©
There is nothing planned for you today, so you can do exactly as you wish.
- Inclusions -
- Accommodation with breakfast, half-day guided excursion by boat
- Exclusions -
- Other meals, drinks and excursions
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