Hue is a province on the central coast of Vietnam, bordering Laos, the East Sea, Quang Nam, Da Nang, and Quang Tri. This place is famous for its poetic and charming beauty with natural products that let anybody who visits experience its charm and elegance. Join in this fantastic adventure where you’ll get to explore the beautiful sights that marked the golden era of one of Vietnam’s longest and most spectacular dynasties.
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Where Should You Visit in Hue?
Hue is the former capital of Vietnam’s Nguyen dynasty. The old capital is recognized for its nostalgic aspect, ancient nature, and exquisite luxury. There are many locations to see when you visit Hue, and be sure that you don’t miss these top 5 places you should try in your Vietnam vacation packages.
Thai Hoa Palace
The most notable architectural construction in the Nguyen Dynasty Royal Palace is Thai Hoa Palace. It is the site of grand events and dynastic gatherings attended by the King, the royal family, and the ministers. Thai Hoa Palace derives its name from the Kinh Dich. The word “Hoa” means “harmony,” and “Thai Hoa” is the harmony of yin and yang, as well as harmony with each other. To be beneficial to all things, the monarch who governs the world must maintain a proper balance of yang and yin, strong and gentle.
Thai Hoa Palace was created in the manner of “double-house”, overlapping roofs, connecting houses. The temple has an area of 1,360m2. The front platform is one meter higher than the first court level and two and a half meters above the ground. Thai Hoa Palace is Hue’s extant royal architectural system’s largest, most spectacular, and majestic palace. Thai Hoa Palace, along with other artifacts from the Nguyen Dynasty architectural complex, is designated by Unesco as a global cultural heritage site. Tourists will be thrilled when they experience one of Vietnam’s most spectacular lengthy dynasties.
Imperial City Hue
Imperial City Hue is often in the top must-visit places in your Vietnam vacation packages. You can spend a half of day or full day trip to discover its beauty and history. For 400 years (1558-1945), Hue has been the center of 9 Nguyen lords in “The inner area”. It was named the primary capital of the Tay Son dynasty. Hue, the old capital, still retains physical and intangible cultural heritages, including numerous qualities embodying the Vietnamese nation’s intellect and spirit.
When everything “feng shui” (referring to the natural elements that bring luck and wealth) points to a favorable omen, you will be able to enjoy the beautiful surroundings here. The Huong River, which runs freely in the center of the architectural system in the heart of Hue, depicts the power of the Nguyen Dynasty. Hue Citadel, Hue Imperial Citadel, and Hue Forbidden Citadel are the three. The citadel system here is an example of a harmonic mix of East and West architectural quintessence. The architectural works in this area appear to merge with nature, generating wonderful rhythms that make visitors forget that human hands have worked on it.
Dieu De Pagoda
Dieu De Pagoda is located on the Ho Thanh River’s banks, on Bach Dang Street, near Gia Hoi Bridge. The Dieu De Pagoda is significant in Hue’s Buddhist heritage. The pagoda was formerly King Thieu Tri’s residence before ascending to the throne. Therefore it has a very magnificent setting, with a big garden and green trees. The King refurbished and designated it as the national temple in 1844. The pagoda became a well-known landmark in the royal domain.
In the 1960s, Dieu De Pagoda served as the beginning place for the Buddha statue procession. The pagoda has also served as a focal point for Buddhist protests against the tyrant Ngo Dinh Diem and successive southern regimes. Today, you can only find the former magnificence in the main hall, big posters, ornate patterns on the ceiling, and paintings depicting the Buddha’s life.
To Mieu Shrine
King Minh Mang authorized the construction of the To Mieu temple in 1821, and it became a site of devotion for the Nguyen dynasty’s kings. This relic is part of a UNESCO-recognized cultural heritage complex and has become an enduring historical marker with Vietnam’s longest feudal dynasty. That why it is well recommended if you want to experience the culture and history of Ancient Hue in your Vietnam vacation packages.
Like Thai Hoa Palace, To Mieu was erected on a 1,500m2 plot of land and is a twin edifice with overlapping architectural styles. The primary business (back house) has nine compartments, whereas the front home (front house) has 11 compartments. A roof of crab shells connects the two joints. Each room includes an altar devoted to a different king. The Mieu’s courtyard is spacious and lined with Bat Trang tiles, with a Shinto run in the center paved with bar stone.
Thanh Toan Bridge
The special bridge called Thanh Toan is located around 8 kilometers west in Huong Thuy, Thua Thien Hue province. The Thanh Toan tiled bridge spans a section of the Nhu Y River, which flows from the village’s beginning to the village’s finish.
Visitors may immerse themselves in the people’s traditional culture by visiting the local market next to the bridge. You will get the opportunity to learn about the unique crafts and delectable delights of this area. The Thanh Toan tile-roofed bridge is an 18.75m long and 5.82m broad wooden bridge built-in architecture style, where above is a house, below is a bridge. The bridge features a ceiling made of glass pipes that is separated into seven segments. The Thanh Toan tiled bridge is an old architectural relic of significant historical and cultural significance. It is one of Vietnam’s few bridges with significant artistic merit.
Visitors to the historic capital may appreciate the golden palaces, stately mausoleums, and beautiful sites steeped with history, all of which contribute to Hue’s distinctive charm. Consider these place the next time you plan your Vietnam vacation packages to explore and feel Vietnam’s significant physical and intangible cultural heritages.
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