Hue, located in central Vietnam, was home to the Nguyen dynasty and it was the capital of Vietnam until 1945. The Imperial City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is what attracts visitors to the city of Hue. Scattered along the Perfume River sits the tombs of past emperors.
We spent several days in Hue. We toured the Imperial City, watched as people transported huge chrysanthemums and kumquat trees on the backs of their motorbikes for Tet, and were even in town for Valentine’s Day. We had no idea the Vietnamese celebrated Valentine’s Day until we saw people selling roses and boxes of chocolate in small stands set up along the streets.
Hue, Vietnam in Photos
Entering the Imperial City
The Hue Citadel
The Imperial City
A Vietnamese couple just outside of the Citadel.
Inside the Imperial City
Marijuana growing in the Imperial City
Tyler in front of another crumbling wall. Hue was the site of intense battles during the Vietnam War and because of this, the Imperial City and the city of Hue saw a lot of destruction.
Gate into the Imperial City
To the souvenir shop
Walking the streets of Hue
Valentine’s Day in Vietnam
Chickens for sale
Arnold Schwarzenegger in Hue
Chrysanthemums and decorations for Tet
Street scene in Hue
More Information about Vietnam
PLACES TO GO IN VIETNAM: Hoi An is our favorite city in Vietnam but Hanoi is a close second. Cruising Ha Long Bay is a wonderful experience as is taking a boat trip on the Mekong Delta. For a bigger list of things to do, read our article Best Things to Do in Vietnam.
VISITING VIETNAM DURING TET: Is it worth traveling to Vietnam during Yet? Find out in our article about visiting Vietnam during Tet.
DESTINATIONS AROUND THE WORLD: For more places to visit around the world, check out our Destinations page.
Planning a trip to Vietnam? Read all of our articles in our Vietnam Travel Guide.
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