March 31, 2018
March 7, 2018
Hue is the former imperial capital of Vietnam and many of its monuments speak of its past royal splendor and the grandeur that the emperors of the Nguyen dynasty wanted to achieve. The main attraction is the grand Imperial City, a complex stretching over 4 square kilometers, containing temples, gardens, pavilions, gates and even a theater.
A bit outside the city, but worth the short car or scooter ride, are 3 tombs of former emperors. Each of them is more grand than you may imagine when you hear the word “tomb”, since they are actually whole complexes of buildings. Two of them contain also big gardens, so you have to be prepared to walk a lot when visiting them. On the good side, this allows you to get away from the tourist crowds and certain areas of the parks are really quiet and relaxed.
Tomb of Minh Mang:
Tomb of Khai Dinh:
Tomb of Tu Duc:
Finally, we also visited the Thien Mu Pagoda, which has become a symbol of Hue and is nicely located on the shore of the Perfume River that flows through the city.
Da Nang is Vietnam’s fastest growing city, but not a very touristic one, since it doesn’t have any major attraction. We’re curious to see it though and are hoping to get a better view into a modern Vietnamese city’s life, so we’re planning to spend 2 days there and then continue south to Hoi An.