7 things to do in Hue

The Imperial City of Hue Vietnam
The Imperial City of Hue Vietnam

Things to do in Hue, Vietnam

Hue, Vietnam is the long-standing capital of the Nguyen emperors. Having gone through the resonating destruction of war, Hue still enjoys a respectable place in the heart of many weary travelers. Situated alongside the surreal Perfume River, really adds to Hue’s charm. It has a fascinating mix of modern as well as old architecture enunciating its beauty.  Here are 7 things to do in Hue, Vietnam.

Hue Imperial City (The Citadel):

One of the most popular things to do in Hue, Vietnam, is to visit the Imperial City. It is a fortress surrounding the palace which once belonged to a dynasty of ruling Emperors. To stroll around with a dedicated guide is the best way. This will help you relive the history of extravagant rulers and mystic stories of the Nguyen Dynasty.

This citadel of Nguyen dynasty comes with scars from the American wars. A kilometer long spread encloses many museums, monuments, and pagodas. The market nearby accommodates the bustling crowd of tourists every day.

The Paved Road leading to the Imperial City of Hue Vietnam
The Paved Road leading to the Imperial City of Hue Vietnam

Thien Mu Pagoda

This seven-story building stands as one of the oldest preserved temples in Hue, Vietnam. This religious landmark holds incredible views. The Thien Mu Pagoda holds real religious significance for the Vietnamese. You will have an excellent opportunity to see how the monks live. You can also experience their religious practices and monastery settings. Also you can learn a great deal from the teachings and customs of these ancient traditions and rituals.

The Mieu

This temple, situated within the Imperial city holds great importance to the Vietnamese people. A temple for prayers by the Emperors and their ancestral descendants from centuries ago. This place leaves an impact on your soul. The extraordinary view of the magnificently constructed temple is beyond perception. It has ‘Urns’ seated outside in respect to the passing nine emperors of their time.

Thai Hoa Palace

Located on the radial roads of the Imperial Citadel, this structure has an immense link to Vietnamese history. This palace has held celebrations throughout the Nguyen Dynasty. The cultural and historical significance of the Palace represented in its monumental architecture.

Tomb of Khai Dinh

This tomb dispersed within the foggy sites of the Chau Chu Mountain holds years of memories. Built in dedication to the twelfth king of the Nguyen Dynasty, Emperor Khai Dinh. The stunningly constructed artifacts and mesmerizing details of the entire structure are astounding. The spectacular view emerging from the isolated location of the tomb augments the beauty of it.

Mount Ngu Binh

The striking view of the mountain lures adventure travelers to the misty roads of Mount Ngu Binh. You heart, soul and mind captured in the luring escape this place offers. The gloriously magnificent backdrop inspired the Emperors of the past.

The Perfume River

Take a romantic boat ride and take in a different perspective of Hue, from the water. You can easily get yourself on a boat and enjoy the beautiful city of Hue from the mesmerizing waters of the Perfume River.

You make your way through the forest through narrow canals surrounded by mountains. The aromatic essence of the flowers and plant life that surrounds the passage gives it its inked name of ‘Perfume.’

The City of Hue at Night
The City of Hue at Night


  1. I love to visit places that are full of history and Vietnam has been on my list for a while. I googled Hue after seeing a pic on Pinterest and I’m in awe; the history, the architecture, the river view, everything is breathtakingly beautiful!

  2. History is my thing and to visit these temples would be my all time favorite adventure. Thanks for sharing these beautiful picture.

  3. Definitely not a city to experience in a few days… Put on some comfy shoes on and be prepared to be amazed at every turn. We’ve spent over one month in Vietnam and Hue was the first city we’ve visited.

  4. So many places to visit in just one town! It would have been nice if you would have included more pictures of each site so we can get a better idea of how these interesting spots actually look. Hearing about these places is nice but seeing them in a few pictures would have really sold the deal for me ;).

    • Yeah, having at least one image for each of these would have been great but searching for them on Google is not that difficult: you just select the place, click right and then click on “Search for your term on Google” and you’ll get hundreds of images for each of them. The Hue Imperial City is a must visit here as are the Mount Ngu Binh and especially the Perfume River (which is a very special experience anyone should try out).