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Top places to visit in Hue

With the complex of royal palace , pagodas, temples and royal mausoleums built in the early 19 century by Nguyen Dynasty, Hue has a lot of interesting places to visit and discover. It is a little confusing for tourists to choose best places for itinerary in Hue because all of them are worth seeing. These are the top places in Hue that are the most visited in the old capital city

  1. Thien Mu pagoda
    This is the first monument built on this land. More than 400 years ago, the Land lord Nguyen Hoang , the ancestor of Nguyen Kings, came to settle on this land. He had the pagoda built in 1601 after having multiple dreams about one old holly lady telling him about good fortune he would receive if he built a pagoda on a hill near Perfume river . The pagoda Thien Mu is the main Buddha worshiping place for Hue people until today and is one of the most well-known tourists site because of its peaceful beauty and beautiful landscapes around.
  2. Dong Ba market
    Real local life, food, stuff can be seen at the most vibrant local market Dong Ba, the main shopping place for local people. The 124-year market is an amazing site for people who want to see the local lifestyle, try doing local purchase or enjoy delicious foods. it is also a paradise for photos hunter who want to capture the best moment in the real life of people here.
  3. Hue imperial city
    This is the first place that we can not skip when visiting Hue city. Once the area for the kings and their family, it used to be the most important place of Việt Nam and now is the iconic monument of the city. it is called a city because of the huge size ( 36 hectares) with more than 100 constructions including palaces, temples, garden and working areas…which take visitors a long time to explore .
    a trip to Huw imperial city must be put on the top list of things to do in Hue
  4. Thuy Xuan incense and conical hat village
    One of the most famous traditional job in Hue is insence making .with high quality of material and patience of people, Hue city offers the best insence for the whole country. A visit to Thuy Xuan incense village is an interesting experience for tourists who would like to learn about a traditional job that is still well-preserved until today. The villagers here have another job : conical hat making but the consumption of this product has been reduced due to the inconvenience when moving on bikes, car…people here try to preserve it with the income from incense. This village is worth a visit and it can be an interesting stopover on the way to royal mausoleums

This is a small village where the people earn for a living by making incense and conical hat by hand. The village is now famous for the impressive pictures of colorful decorations from hundreds of bunches of bamboo stick put together, forming great backgrounds for tourists to have loads of poses in traditional costumes. Beside watching local people produce their traditional products, You can get a costume for rent here

Minh mang tomb

Minh mang tomb - hue local tours

Among many stunning attractions of Hue city, Minh Mang tomb is one of the most visited because of its traditional beauty with red wooden palaces located in a vast tranquil space of green mountains. The stories about this talented king, the peaceful feeling when entering the ancient gate and the beautiful architecture make visiting Minh Mang tomb one thing that no traveller should skip when coming to Hue

About Minh Mang king

When Gia Long king, the 1st king of Nguyen Dynasty passed away in 1820, price Nguyen Phuc Dam, the 4th son of Gia Long king, became the successor, getting the royal name Minh Mang. During 21 years ruling the country, Minh Mang king had a lot of achievements in developing the country into a powerful and wealthy land. He was admired by people all over the country.

The construction

Following the tradition of preparing a good place for the after life, Minh Mang king had his tomb constructed in 1840, 20 years after he became the king. This is not only the place for him to rest in peace but also the private house for himself to come and unwind when he was still alive. However, he passed away one year later, in 1841, at the age of 52. The tomb continued to be built by the next king, Thieu Tri king and it was finsished in 1843

Architecture of Minh Mang tomb

Located of a surface 15 hectares, the tomb has beautifully constructed wooden houses surrounded by green lakes and garden. With the relaxing ambience and confortable amenities in the tomb such as living area, relaxing area, houses for star gazing…, It can be said that Minh Mang tomb is a private resort of this king.
Being the most traditional king, Minh Mang king follow all of the tradional steps in building his tomb. The first factor to be counted is choosing a good located both in scenery and Feng Shui . It took him 20 years to look for the location but it was worth his waiting.

Located 16 km from the city center, it is easily approached by car, motorcycle or dragon boat.

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