Hue Overview

Hue city is commonly known as a place of many cultural heritages. Up to now, there is no place like Hue remaining a lot of originally historical vestiges..

Hue city is located in a narrow landing strip in central Vietnam. The city is an important culture, economic, education, health, tourism, science and technology center of Vietnam. The city’s two world heritage sites and Huong River (Perfume River) creates its attraction.

Hue was the capital of Vietnam during the feudal rule from 1802 to 1945 under the Nguyen dynasty and subsequently the centre of architectural evolution of the era.

Hue City is located from 16 to 16.80 north latitude and 107.8 to 108.20 east latitude. The city borders Huong Tra district to the north and west, Huong Thuy commune to the south, and Phu Vang district to the east.

The city’s natural area is about 83.3 square km, accounting for 1.5% of total area. The average of population is 350,400 people (in 2003). The population density is nearly 4,200 people per square km.

The city’s climate is extreme. It has two distinct seasons: dry and rainy seasons. The dry season is from March to August. It is very hot and muggy; sometimes the temperature is up to 39.9 º C. The rainy season lasts from August to January. At that time, there are often floods.  The average temperature is about 19.7 º C, sometimes dropping to 8.8 º C. In this season, it has heavy rains lasting all day, even all week.

Hue City is the plain of the Huong River and the Bo River Basin with an average elevation of about 3-4 m above the sea level, so the city is often in flood. The Delta area is relatively flat, but it also has some hills, low mountains such as Ngu Binh Vong Canh Mount, etc,

The city is also famous for the magnificent architecture of its citadels, palaces, royal tombs, pagodas and temples. Various structures are laid out in harmony with nature and in accordance with the principles of geomancy. Besides, the city has plenty monuments reminding its past glory of.

Tombs of Nguyen Kings are situated in the middle of hills on the Southern bank of Perfume River. Hue is also an important Buddhism center.  Tens of pagodas, which were constructed 300 years ago still exit in Hue and its surrounding. There are, in addition, a hundred of temples and pagodas were built in the early century.

Besides, Hue is home of royal music, traditional famous dishes and sophisticated handicraft.

Hue became Vietnam’s first World Cultural Heritage site recognized by UNESCO in 1993.

Some must-visit sites in Hue city that bring its characteristic charm are: Imperial citadel, Museum of Royal Relics, Royal tombs, King Tu Duc’s Tomb, King Khai Dinh’s Tomb, King Minh Mang’s Tomb, Dong Ba Market, Thien Mu Pagoda, Perfume River, etc.

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