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Things to do in Hue

 

Doing the DMZ from Hue

The Vietnam War was one of the defining events of the second half or the twentieth century. No matter where you live in the world, you’re bound to be aware of the impact that conflict had on culture and society. No matter what you believe, that belief has been inevitably shaped by the lessons learned, and not learned, as well as the lives lost, and the lives forever changed by that one war. Visit DMZ from Hue to learn more about the history of Vietnam War.

The Citadel

Like many of Hue’s historic sites, the Citadel is hardly ancient — construction first began in 1805, under the rule of Gia Long, the first of the Nguyen Dynasty rulers. Thereafter it functioned as the imperial seat of government. Over the years, new buildings were added, and the fortifications strengthened to fend off would-be attackers. The Citadel was destroyed significantly during the war, however, the remains of the site will still leave you in awe of its beauty and details. 

Tombs around Hue

Tombs and pagodas lie everywhere in and around Hue. Those with an endless appetite for culture could sate themselves every day for a solid week, with still more left on the table, but the majority of travelers are satisfied with just a taste. The tombs were built within the past 200 years, which makes it somewhat surprising that most of them are already falling to pieces. There are three main tombs of the three ancient kings in Hue that are most visited: Tu Duc Tomb, Minh Mang Tomb, and Khai Dinh Tomb. 

Thien Mu Pagoda

As with the tombs, there are more pagodas surrounding Hue than you can shake a stick at. If you’re only going to see one pagoda, make it Thien Mu. Thien Mu pagoda is the most iconic pagoda of the central Vietnam in general and Hue in particular. It’s situated in a beautiful spot overlooking the Perfume River, on the river road that runs along the north bank, about 3.5 kilometers west of the railway bridge. 

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