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Hue Overview:
Huế is well known for its historic monuments, which have earned it a place in UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites. The seat of the Nguyễn emperors was the Citadel, which occupies a large, walled area on the north side of the Perfume River. Inside the citadel was a forbidden city where only the emperors, concubines, and those close enough to them were granted access; the punishment for trespassing was death. Today, little of the forbidden city remains, though reconstruction efforts are in progress to maintain it as a historic tourist attraction.
Roughly along the Perfume River from Huế lie myriad other monuments, including the tombs of several emperors, including Minh Mạng, Khải Định, and Tự Đức. Also notable is the Thiên Mụ Pagoda, the largest pagoda in Huế and the official symbol of the city.
A number of French-style buildings lie along the south bank of the Perfume River. Among them are Quốc Học High School, the oldest high school in Vietnam, and Hai Ba Trung High School.
The Hue Museum of Royal Fine Arts on 3 Le Truc Street also maintains a collection of various artifacts from the city.

 Tourist Attractions in Hue

The Citadel
The Citadel

The citadel in Hue is a complex monument which was built in between the 19th to 20th century in the Old Royal Hue area that is belonged to Hue City and some parts of Thua Thien – Hue Province nowadays. This complex is divided by two parts, inside and outside the Citadel.
Inside the Citadel, there are houses of people and mandarins but the most important is the “ Hoang Thanh” area where Nguyen Emperors and their Royal families were living and working. According to historical source, it started to build in 1804 but accomplished on 1933 under the Minh Mang Emperor. Hoang Thanh has 4 gates at 4 directions and the main gate is in the South which called Ngo Mon. Inside Hoang Thanh, there is Thai Hoa Temple where the Kings met their officials, the altars area, and the Forbidden City that was place for Kings and their families living. People were not allowed to come into this area.
There are many other relics in and outside the Citadel.

Minh Mang Tomb
Minh Mang Tomb

Minh Mang Tomb was built by Thieu Tri King in 1840 – 1843 which needed 10,000 workers and soldiers. It located in Cam Ke mountain and that place is the confluence of the left and right tributary that creates the romantic Huong River, around 12km from Hue city.
Minh Mang was the second King of Nguyen Dynasty and replaced for his father Gia Long King on 1920. In 1940, Minh Mang King was chosen that place for his tomb and started to build but he was died on 1841 while this project just was in the first step . His son, Thieu Tri King continued to follow that work for his father so this tomb also named as “ Hieu Lang”. “ Hieu” is filial.

Khai Dinh Tomb
Khai Dinh Tomb

Khai Dinh was in the throne at the age 31th, 1916. Right after became a King, Khai Dinh was constructed many places, temple for himself and his royal family such as Kien Trung Temple, An Dinh, Truong An gate , Hien Nhon gate, Chuong Duc gate but the special one is Ung Lang ( Khai Dinh Tomb) This temple located in Chau Chu mountain. Khai Dinh King was chosen this place as there is a low hill in front , Chop Vung and Kim Son mountain on the left and right hand side and a stream from Chau E for good “ Feng shui” .
This construction was took in 11 years . Compared with other tomb, Khai Dinh tomb has a smaller surface but that was very gaudy in construction. For building it, Khai Dinh was sent his people to French for buying iron, steel, cement, tiles from Ardoise… He was sent the boats to China and Japan to buy ceramics and colorful glasses for decoration.

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