Hue Imperial citadel

Hue Imperial citadel

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Established as the capital of unified Viet Nam in 1802, Hué was not only the political but also the cultural and religious centre under the Nguyen dynasty until 1945. The Perfume River winds its way through the Capital City, the Imperial City, the Forbidden Purple City and the Inner City, giving this unique feudal capital a setting of great natural beauty.

The Complex of Hue Monuments is located in and around Hue City in Thua Thien-Hue Province in the geographical centre of Vietnam and with easy access to the sea. Established as the capital of unified Vietnam in 1802 CE, Hue was not only the political but also the cultural and religious centre under the Nguyen Dynasty, the last royal dynasty of Vietnamese history, from 1802 to 1945 CE.
The plan of the new capital is in accordance with ancient oriental philosophy, and respected the physical conditions of the site.

The Ngu Binh Mountain (known as the Royal Screen) and the Perfume River, which runs through the city, give this unique feudal capital an entire setting of great natural beauty as well defining its symbolic importance. The site was chosen for a combination of natural features – hills representing a protective screen in front of the monuments or taking the role of “a blue dragon” to the left and “a white tiger” to the right – which shield the main entrance and prevent the entry of malevolent spirits. Within this landscape, the main features of the city are laid out.

The structures of the Complex of Hue Monuments are carefully placed within the natural setting of the site and aligned cosmologically with the Five Cardinal Points (centre, west, east, north, south), the Five Elements (earth, metal, wood, water, fire), and the Five Colours (yellow, white, blue, black, red).
The central structure is the Hue Citadel area which was the administrative centre of southern Viet Nam during the 17th and 18th centuries CE. Within the Hue Citadel were located not only administrative and military functions of the Empire, but also the Imperial Residence, the Hoang Thanh (Imperial City), the Tu Cam Thanh (Forbidden Purple City) and related royal palaces.
Tran Binh Dai, an additional defensive work in the north-east corner of the Capital City, was designed to control movement on the river. Another fortress, Tran Hai Thanh, was constructed a little later to protect the capital against assault from the sea.

Outside the Capital City there are several associated monuments of importance. In the outlying areas were located important ritual sites related to the spiritual life of the dynasty such as the Van Mieu (Temple of Literature), the Dan Nam Giao (Esplanade of Sacrifice to the Heaven and Earth), the Ho Quyen (Royal Area), the Den Voi Re (Temple of the Roaring Elephant), and the Chua Thien Mu (Celestial Lady Pagoda). Further upstream, arranged along the Perfume River were the tombs of the dynasty’s emperors.

The Complex of Hue Monuments is a remarkable example of the planning and construction of a complete defended capital city in a relatively short period in the early years of the 19th century CE. The integrity of the town layout and building design make it an exceptional specimen of late feudal urban planning in East Asia.
Criterion (iv): The Complex of Hue Monuments is an outstanding example of an eastern feudal capital.

Country Vietnam
Languages spokenVietnamese
Currency usedVND
Area (km2)Hue
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Sports & nature

cycling to Thanh Toan Village

cycling to Thanh Toan Village

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Alba Spa Hotel

Alba Spa Hotel

29 Tran Quang Khai Street, Hue City, Vietnam, Hue Imperial citadel
Price from 1,050,000 vnd
Located in the heart of the historic city of Hue, Alba Spa Hotel is a tranquil sanctuary for the min More info
Ana Mandara Hue beach resort

Ana Mandara Hue beach resort

Thuan An beach, Hue Imperial citadel
Price from 2,190,000 vnd
Ana Mandara is Hue’s first beach resort located 20 minutes from downtown Hue on the spectacular Thua More info
Indochine Palace

Indochine Palace

Hung Vuong, Hue Imperial citadel
INDOCHINE PALACE Surrounded by the lush exotic garden, INDOCHINE PALACE has set an outstanding landm More info
Muong Thanh Hue

Muong Thanh Hue

38 Lê Lợi Huế City, Hue Imperial citadel
Located on green Le Loi street right in the city center and poetic Perfume River bank, Muong Thanh H More info
Saigon Morin Hue

Saigon Morin Hue

30 Le Loi St., Hue City, Viet Nam, Hue Imperial citadel
Price from 2,690,000 vnd
Established in 1901, Hotel Saigon Morin is regarded as one of the five oldest hotels in Vietnam. Loc More info
Sankofa Hill Resort and Spa

Sankofa Hill Resort and Spa

Huong river , Hue Imperial citadel
Sankofa Hill Resort and Spa: old name isVe Nguon resort Hue   Far far away, behind the mountain More info
Cycling Vietnam

Cycling Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City, Mekong delta, Halong Bay, Hue Imperial citadel, Hanoi Capital
Price per person from 29,025,000 vnd
Traveling by bicycle through the length of the country, witnessing the daily life of the Vietnamese More info
Hue Classic City Tour

Hue Classic City Tour

Hue Imperial citadel
Price per person from 920,000 vnd
Hue is a city in central Vietnam that was the national capital of Nguyen Dynasty emperors from 1802– More info
Hue community village tour

Hue community village tour

Hue Imperial citadel
Price per person from 3,890,000 vnd
The trip offers an inside local lifestyle with their unique handicraft and wonderful scenery of Hue More info
Hue daily group tour by river boat

Hue daily group tour by river boat

The Citadel, Thien Mu Pagoda, The Emperor Minh Mang Tomb, Emperor Khai Dinh Tomb, Emperor Tu Duc Tomb, Hue Imperial citadel
Perfume River is a famous poetic river, it flows around the foot of the mountain, through dense fore More info
Hue Green Trails

Hue Green Trails

Hue Imperial citadel
cycling to Thanh Toan Village HUE-HOI AN GREEN TRAILS The village and lagoon part I Huế, renowned as More info
Hue River Tour by Emperor Dragon Cruise

Hue River Tour by Emperor Dragon Cruise

Huong river, Hue Imperial citadel
Price per person from 590,000 vnd
This haft day cruise and dining is a well fit to the new program that Citadel opened at night time.b More info
Jeep Safari Central Vietnam

Jeep Safari Central Vietnam

Thanh Duyen Pagoda, Thanh Toan Village, Ho Quyen The Tiger Fighting Arena, Thien Mu Pagoda, The DMZ, Da Nang, Hue Imperial citadel, Vietnam
Get on our jeep and discover all central Vietnam.  More info
Royal Dinner Cruise

Royal Dinner Cruise

Huong river, Hue Imperial citadel
Price per person from 858,000 vnd
ABOUT ROYAL CUISINE DINNER  According to some researchers, Vietnam has about 3,000 different kinds o More info
Saigon to Hanoi private Vietnam tour

Saigon to Hanoi private Vietnam tour

Da Nang, Mekong delta, Halong Bay, Hue Imperial citadel, Hanoi Capital, Vietnam
Price per person from 26,775,000 vnd
The day will begin with a two-hour ride from Ho Chi Minh City to the Mekong Delta. Upon arrival, we More info
Xe Om adventure Tam Giang lagoon

Xe Om adventure Tam Giang lagoon

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Price per person from 1,078,000 vnd
Hue ancient capital city – besides the glory of the last empire in Vietnam – is also remarkable for More info
Emperor Dragon Boat

Emperor Dragon Boat

Dragon Emperor Dragon Boat from original boat name Long Quang, was built by Hue Monuments & Cons More info
Huong River Dragon Boats

Huong River Dragon Boats

Price per cabin from 550,000 vnd
We offer a fleet of dragon boat, in old style, for tour transport and Ca Hue Show on Huong river dai More info
Hue-Hoi An daily by Honda Air Blade

Hue-Hoi An daily by Honda Air Blade

Price per day 550,000 vnd
Car typeMotorbikes
Max people2
Door count1
Minimum driver age18
TransmissionAutomatic
Air-conditioned?No
Unlimited mileage?Yes
Private Fortuner City Tour

Private Fortuner City Tour

Price per day 1,650,000 vnd
Car typefour wheel drive
Max people5
Door count4
Minimum driver age25
TransmissionManual
Air-conditioned?No
Unlimited mileage?No