Top 15 Hue Tourist Attractions: Best Places To Visit
If other cities are famous for the modern breeze, Hue tourism stands out with its ancient architectural works of high historical value. Along with that, the beauty of charming sites and the gentle features of Hue people are great things that tourists fall for. To fully explore Hue's dreamy beauty, you should prefer some sources, so why don't you stare at the Top 15 Hue Tourist Attractions below?
- 1. Hue Imperial Citadel
- 2. Dong Ba Market
- 3. Thien Mu Pagoda
- 4. Tu Duc Tomb
- 5. Minh Mang Tomb
- 6. Khai Dinh Tomb
- 7. Gia Long Tomb
- 8. Quoc Hoc Hue - Century Old High School
- 9. Bach Ma National Park
- 10. Tam Giang Lagoon
- 11. Thanh Toan Bridge
- 12. Do Quyen Waterfall
- 13. Vong Canh Hill
- 14. Truong Tien Bridge
- 15. Lang Co Beach
There are many places to visit in Hue from historic, natural, eco to beach sites, below you will learn 15 famous tourist attractions that most travelers visit when coming here.
1. Hue Imperial Citadel
Located next to Huong River, Hue Imperial Citadel is an architectural work bearing cultural features of the Nguyen Dynasty - the last in the feudal history of Vietnam. Moreover, it is also a historical mark despite ups and downs in the Vietnamese timeline.
What will blow your mind away? It's the stone walls with bold identities of the culture of the ancient capital. Besides, some palaces use red and yellow as two main tones to highlight the nobility. Outside of these palaces, you will see a garden with an aquarium and many rare and precious trees that are carefully trimmed to create a unique beauty.
2. Dong Ba Market
Dong Ba Market is located on Tran Hung Dao Street, right on the bank and in the middle of Truong Tien and Gia Hoi Bridge. You will see a traditional market with imposing space as everything of Hue people's life, culture, and custom. This is an opportunity for you to better understand the unique cultural features of local people and record beautiful memories in the land of ancient times.
If you seek a shopping area mainly for fabrics and clothes, you can reach the 3rd floor as all kinds of outfits gather there. Down to the lower floor is the convergence of fine art items, exquisitely depicted from famous traditional craft villages. Another thing for you to try is the regional cuisine. Specialties can fill your empty stomach with the most affordable price but still maintain hygiene and freshness.
Dong Ba Market
3. Thien Mu Pagoda
Thien Mu Pagoda in Kim Long ward is also one of the most mentioned places to explore the city. This is a sacred destination for Buddhists from all over the world and circulates myths in many generations.
From a distance, the pagoda appears as a giant tortoise carried on the back of an ancient tower. Travelers will feel lost in the foreground and immersed in ancient space. Surrounded by pine trees, ornamental plants, lotus ponds, the pagoda offers a sense of peace that is hard to find anywhere else. You may be confused about the fee- don't worry as the pagoda is a completely free and open place to welcome guests all day so that you can visit in any session on your tour.
Thien Mu Pagoda
4. Tu Duc Tomb
The mausoleum in Thuy Ba village is another site that attracts many tourists to experience Vietnamese history. Tu Duc tomb has sophisticated architecture, charming landscape painted with a harmonious space, and not angular beauty like others. Therefore, out of all the complex mausoleums in Hue's ancient capital, Tu Duc King's burial ground is considered the most beautiful work.
Once stepping into the mausoleum, you will feel the lush space in deep green pine forest and gushing lake that creates a poetic scene. Everything of the layout, details, and colors is designed according to the king's will while alive. If you have come here, do not hesitate to come there as you will get a chance to admire the beauty and sophistication of the landscape.
Tu Duc Tomb
5. Minh Mang Tomb
This site is located on Cam Khe Mountain, Huong Tra town; thus, you can reach the tomb by renting a tour boat and enjoying Hue nature's beautiful scenery. The Tomb of Minh Mang King is one of the most imposing mausoleums in the architecture of the Nguyen Dynasty. All of his architectural works are built on Confucian ideas. Inside the mausoleum, there are many structures arranged symmetrically, parallel to three axes. The special thing is that there is a pond full of fragrant lotus in the middle of the campus.
Minh Mang tomb
6. Khai Dinh Tomb
Once visiting Minh Mang Tomb, there is another landmark for you to come to Khai Dinh Tomb as this place is also in Huong Tra town. Streams, mountains surround the mausoleum, and hills are considered elements for previous water convergence. Hence, it gives the mausoleum a majestic natural environment.
Unlike other mausoleums with traditional style, visitors see tower-shaped gates at Khai Dinh Tomb influenced by Indian architecture or Roman arches. This place stands out with two rows of mandarin statues that are sculpted like real people. They are special models that make everyone surprised when directly touched.
When considering both the artistic value and the interior inside, people admire the tomb to become a unique place in the Nguyen Dynasty building tombs history.
Currently, ticket prices to these places are classified as follows:
- For adults: 150,000 VND / person
- For the elderly (from 60 years old and over): 75,000 VND / person.
- For children: 30,000 VND / person.
Khai Dinh Tomb
7. Gia Long Tomb
Not as majestic as others, the thing that makes visitors fall in love with the mausoleum is large pine forests, fresh landscape, and free space. Nestled in the middle of a vast pine forest and hills, Gia Long Mausoleum has an ancient, wild, and peaceful beauty. Coming to Hue, you should once visit the mausoleum to admire the beauty and discover the story of immortal history associated with this tomb.
People built the site on Thien Tho Son Mountain, located about 20 km from the center, surrounded by rivers. So, if you want to reach the mausoleum, using a waterway carriage is recommended. Besides, you can pass through a pontoon bridge to serve pedestrians and motor vehicles with a fee of 5,000 VND. The Bridge is not only valuable for traffic but also helps tourists know more about Gia Long Tomb.
Gia Long Tomb
8. Quoc Hoc Hue - Century Old High School
Welcome to Quoc Hoc Hue - one of the three oldest high schools in Vietnam. The school is at 12 Le Loi Street, Hue City. It is very easy to recognize this destination partly because the school gate is colored red and built in a very special ancient architecture.
The campus is very large and suitable for those who like to walk slowly and see every school corner. Among the green trees and lawns are buildings with red and pink, making the space harmonious in color. Most of the school halls are preserved with French architecture. The feeling of being in Ancient Europe is obvious when standing in every area of Quoc Hoc Hue. Those interested in this school can visit without spending a penny except for a very small parking fee if you need to keep private vehicles.
Quoc Hoc Hue
9. Bach Ma National Park
If you are a fan of the tranquil beauty of the clouds and mountains, your trip to Bach Ma will be an experience that could be no more wonderful!
Bach Ma National Park in Phu Loc district is one of the major biosphere areas in central Vietnam. You will learn about the rich flora and fauna, admire the majestic scenery of the mountains and forests, and feel the weather in all seasons in a day. If you are lucky, you may encounter rare animals that go for a walk to explore the forest. Bach Ma National Park is not a tourist area, so it only costs an entrance fee of 40 000 VND.
Bach Ma National Park
10. Tam Giang Lagoon
Tam Giang Lagoon is known as the largest brackish lagoon in Southeast Asia. If you seek somewhere with wildness, tranquility, and peace, it's time to discover Tam Giang Lagoon! The most wonderful thing that you shouldn't miss is the moment of sunset. The time that rose gold light stained the entire lagoon paves the way for a charming landscape appearing at its best.
It would be best if you did not miss the chance to visit the fishing village on a small oasis. This site has existed for hundreds of years and preserved interesting things for you to discover about culture. Due to the harmonious beauty of the traditional Vietnamese commune, the village maintains many hidden mysteries about history.
Tam Giang Lagoon
11. Thanh Toan Bridge
Thanh Toan Bridge is located on the outskirts of Hue city, but there are many ways to reach it. The tiled Bridge over 200 years old in Hue possesses a unique beauty and presents as one of the very few remaining works built in the style of Japan in Vietnam. On special days like Hue Festival, the quiet tile bridge becomes dazzling by the fresh colors of lanterns, flowers, and fluttering flags, creating a vibrant accent for the idyllic countryside.
Thanh Toan Bridge
12. Do Quyen Waterfall
If anyone has visited the beautiful waterfalls of Vietnam but has not yet come to admire the Do Quyen waterfall of Bach Ma Mountain, it'll be a big mistake. Do Quyen is about 300m high with flows along a very steep rocky shore. The cataract has been prominent among thousands of forest trees, where azaleas bloom brilliantly. The road is shady because of the forest canopy.
The last steps will take you to a noisy but magical space. The water bounces up to create small bright crystals like cotton falling into the stream, then bounces back when meeting another ledge.
Do Quyen Waterfall
13. Vong Canh Hill
If you want to separate yourself from the city's bustling life, please come to Vong Canh Hill once! You will spend 30 minutes by private vehicle to reach this place. Located in the south of the city, Vong Canh Hill is considered a park for outdoor activities such as going sightseeing and traveling by waterway carriage. Standing above the hill, you can see the poetic scenery of Hue Citadel, get a panoramic view of many ancient relics and wonderful scenes in a large natural space.
If you have the opportunity to come to this place at dawn when the fog starts to dissolve or at sunset, you will fully absorb the poetic landscape. When looking out from the Vong Canh Hill, you can admire a gorgeous space with orchards mixed in the green pine groves.
Vong Canh Hills
14. Truong Tien Bridge
The Bridge with hundreds of years is the most typical symbol of Hue. Once coming there, visitors will learn about the impressive history of the Bridge in terms of both its existence and reconstruction as it has witnessed many ups and downs in the Vietnamese timeline.
Truong Tien Hue Bridge has an ancient vibe, so it soon becomes an impressive background for people to take photos. Surely you will get many beautiful virtual pictures with beautiful views! And to have more multi-dimensional views of this historic Bridge, visitors can choose for themselves a boat tour, then enjoy all the views and listen to folk songs of the Hue area.
Truong Tien Bridge
15. Lang Co Beach
Welcome to one of the most beautiful bays in the world - Lang Co Beach. Located between Da Nang city and Hue city, Lang Co beach and Hai Van Pass will make you boom as they create a sympathetic scene. With charming natural scenery, Lang Co contains all the most perfect. It is the green of the mountains, the tropical forests, smooth white sand, and shimmering yellow sunlight.
Lang Co Beach
Don't miss the chance to immerse yourself in the blue crystal water or diving from the highest peak of any ledge. All stress will get out of your mind, buddies! Don't worry about the fee as you only need some to spend on food and souvenirs! The experience of top hotel facilities and services awaits you. You can have yourself a treatment at a world-class spa. The exquisite treatments and high-class service style will bring you moments of peace and comfort.
Traveling to Hue is the way of seeing the vivid evidence of the last feudal dynasty. Not only that, the gentle relaxation and slow life there are also adored by many people. If you fall in love with Vietnam, you should check in Hue once. It will be a holiday full of fun! Let's book Hue tours now to enjoy the wonderful attraction here.
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