Hue weather

Hue is a travelling city in the centre of Vietnam with a lot of famous relics and attractions. The weather in Hue is special and much different from that of other provinces in the North and the South of Vietnam.

The climate in Hue is tropical monsoon (mixture). Therefore, there is no absolute winter or dry season in Hue like in the North, or the South.

The weather in Hue is divided into 2 types:  hot-dry, and cold-wet. The hot season starts in May, and ends in September due to the influence of Southwest wind. The average temperature is about 27 – 29oC. It is hottest in May, and June with the temperature about 38-40oC. Meanwhile, the cold season streches from October to March. At this time, owing to the influence of monsoon from the North, it rains a lot and becomes colder in Hue. The average temperature is about 20 – 22oC. The lowest temperature measured is 8oC.

One of the most impressive and unforgettable features of Hue is rain which can be considered as “specialty” of Hue. Rainy season usually begins from early September. Especially, rain has been an endless inspiration for art and music.

Despite extreme weather conditions, local people have managed to change them into favorable conditions for tourism development. Many restaurants, hotels and coffee shops have their architecture and decoration inspired from rain. In addition, Hue people also produce their own souvenirs and crafts such as conical hat, rain coat, cyclo and so on.

Nowadays, many people choose to visit Hue during rainy season to enjoy its speacial beauty. Its solemn and romantic beauty never fails to attract tourists.

Attractions in Hue

Hue city is an ideal destination for travelling visiting Vietnam. Here, a lot of historical sites being recognized as world heritage by UNESCO are waiting for your exploration.

Bellows are some tourist attractions in Hue:

  1. Hue imperial citadel

Located in Thuan Thanh District, Hue citadel is comprised of Hoang Thanh (Royal Citadel) and Tu Cam Thanh (Forbidden Citadel)

Hue citadel was constructed in the 19th century with unique architectural structure. It was the palace of 13 Nguyen Kings with the first Gia Long King and the last King Bao Dai. Being a part of Hue ancient capital, the citadel was recognized as world cultural heritage in 1993 by UNESCO. If you have chance to visit Hue city, you should go to Hue citadel.

  1. Khai Dinh Mausoleum

Khai Dinh Mausoleum is tomb of Khai Dinh King (1885-1925), the 12th king of Nguyen dynasty. When the King officially reigned the whole country in 1916, he had many palaces and tombs built. One of the prominent constructions is Khai Dinh mausoleum. It is the perfect combination of Western and Eastern architecture.

  1. Tu Duc Mausoleum

The mausoleum is located in Thuong Ba village, Thuy Xuan ward, Hue city. with sophisticated structure surrounded by picturesque landscape, it is one of the most beautiful mausoleums of Nguyen royals.

  1. Minh Mang Mausoleum

The mausoleum was constructed in 1840 and completed in 1843.  It has spectacular architecture. In addition, there is space for art, literature and philosophy purpose. Nowadays, the mausoleum attracts thousands of tourists come to visit.

  1. Thien Mu pagoda

Thien Mu pagoda, also known as Linh Mu pagoda, is located in Ta Khe hill by Perfume river. It was built in 1601. The pagoda impresses tourists with its ancient and magnificent beauty.  Especially, when boating on Huong river, you can find the pagoda so lovely.

  1. Royal Fine art museum

The museum reflects the daily life of local people under Nguyen dynasty. At present, there are more than 300 items on displayed. These include clothes and golden  furniture. Visiting the museum, tourists can also have chance to see many unique ceramics made in China under the request of Nguyen kings.

In addition the above mentioned sites, there are many other places for you to visit such as Bach Ma mountain, Lang Co beach, Thanh Tan hot waterfall, Truc Lam monastery.

Accommodation in Hue

Being one of famous tourist attractions in Vietnam, Hue has a large number of hotels and motels with high-quality service to meet all the demand of tourists.

There are many choices about accommodation in Hue. If you want to stay in a luxurious and modern place, some hotels in the city center will be nice suggestion for you. But if you want to save money, you should book hotels in the outskirts or near the train station. Hue is a small city where transportation among tourist attractions is not  a big problem.

In addition, you hardly face with running out of rooms at the weekend or during holiday season. However, if you travel in group,  you should book in advance to have good rooms. For more information, please visit the website such as agoda.vn or booking.com.

Bellows are some suggestions for you:

Hotel Address Number of rooms Price (Vietnam dong)
Phong Nha hotel 10/10 Nguyen Tri Phuong, Phu Nhuan district, Hue city 20 210.000-330.000
Thien An hotel 54/42 Nguyen Cong Tru, Hue city 18 220.000-270.000
Heaven hotel 47 Nguyen Thai Hoc 22 160.000-300.000

 

Besides the above hotels, you can stay at cheap hotels on Chu Van An street, Le Loi street and Vo Thi Sau street. The price varies between 150.000 and 300.000 Vietnam dong. And 4-5 people can stay in one room.

Hue overview

Hue is a famous tourist city in the centre of Vietnam. It had been a centre of culture – politics of feudal dynasties with a lot of relics and unique landscapes.

Basically, Hue is one of the cities in Vietnam rich in culture and history. It was recognized as the world heritage (with Complex of Hue Monuments) and world cultural intangible heritage (with Hue’s royal music).

The Complex of Hue Monuments will show people many kinds of architecture such as: palaces, temples, pagodas, …. The buildings which were built under Nguyen family’s Emperor from the XIX century to the XX century have been kept quite well.

Visiting Hue, travellers can have a chance to listen 8 kinds of  royal music which appeared under the Emperors of Le’s family, and Nguyen’s family, as well as 60 songs of Hue, which express many levels of feelings.

Hue is famous for royal and traditional festivals. Royal festivals reflect the life, and rituals of royal members. Meanwhile, traditional festivals are very various. They can be the festival for commemmorating ancestors who created traditional trades, or built villages,…

Moreover, food in Hue is very various and delicious. Travellers can taste more than 1000 Hue’s dishes, including the dishes for Kings. Besides, they can try famous local dishes, like: beef noodles, vegetarian dishes, “bánh bèo”, “bánh bột lọc”,…

Famous tombs in Hue

The old capital – Hue is famous for  many historical relics. Visiting this place, travellers can see many tombs of unique and beautiful architecture.

Gia Long tomb: It is the tomb of the King Nguyen The To Gia Long (1762 – 1820) who was the first King of Nguyen Empire. Nowadays, it is located in Huong Tho commune, Huong Tra town.

Built from 1814 to 1820, this mausoleum is very large with the total of 42 hills and mountains.

It was devided among 3 main areas: tomb area, Bi Dinh area and the vicinity area. This mausoleum is a perfect combination between ancient architecture and majestic scenery.

Minh Mang tomb: This is the burial place of second King of Nguyen Empire’s. It is located on Cam Khe mountain, next to Huong river, and was built from 1840 to 1843.

Its area is 26 ha, including 40 small and big buildings surrounded by hills, mountains, and lakes or rivers. It is a structure which is valuable in archecture and art.

Trieu Tri tomb: It is the tomb of the King Trieu Tri belonging to the complex of Hue Historical Relics which was recognized as a world heritage by UNESCO. It is the combination between Gia Long tomb and Minh Mang tomb.

Tu Duc tomb: Built from 1864 to 1867, this is the tomb of the King Nguyen Duc Tong, located in Thuong Ba village, Thuy Xuan, Hue city. It was delicately built, which partly reflects the romance, and artistic personality of the King Tu Duc. It is recognized as the most beautiful among mausoleums of Nguyen Empire.

Duc Duc tomb: Located in An Cuu, Hue city, Duc Duc tomb was built in 1898. It is the place where the Kings Duc Duc, Thanh Thai, and Duy Tan were buried. Compared with other tombs, it is not outstanding.

Dong Khanh tomb: Located between Trieu Tri and Tu Duc tomb, it was built from 1888 to 1923. It is the combination between traditional architecture and West Europe’s architecture.

Khai Dinh tomb: It’s the tomb of the King Khai Dinh – the 12th King of Nguyen Empire, it is combined between the East’s and the West’s architecture. This tomb was built from 1920 to 1930, and famous for the set of three pictures “nine dragons in cloud” considered most monumental and valuable set.

Where to eat in Hue

If you have chance to visit Hue, you should not miss the local cuisine with a variety of dishes. Especially, they are very cheap.

Bellows are some suggestions for you about where to eat and what to eat when visiting Hue

  1. Mussel rice: Mussel rice is a typical dish of Hue with the main ingredients of rice and marinated mussel. It is enjoyed with shrimp sauce, cabbage, baked rolled and roasted peas, all making an irresistible flavor. The best mussel rice can be found on Han Mac Tu, Truong Dinh, Cung An Dinh, Vi Da treet at the price of 2.000 vnd for a plate.
  2. Grilled pork and rice noodle: the greasy taste of grilled pork and the flavor of sesame, especially the sauce with papaya and carrot always attract tourists. Restaurants serving grilled pork noodle are located along Huong river. Besides, you can enjoy this wonderful dish in food stores on Ba Trieu, Nhat Le street or in Dong Ba market.
  3. Hue noodle: Hue noodle can be found in any region in Vietnam. Nevertheless, only in Hue can tourists enjoy the best noodle with its traditional flavor. According to many people, the best Hue noodle is sold at 17 and 19 Ly Thuong Kiet street.
  4. Pancake, sweet potato cakes (banh khoai), clear flour cake with leaf (banh bot loc): these cakes are favored by many tourists especially youngsters. You can go to Ngu Binh or Nguyen Binh Khiem street to try pancake, Thuong Tu sweet potato cakes in the afternoon from 15.00 pm to 17.00 pm to enjoy the best but cheapest street food in Hue.

 

Moreover, if you prefer restaurants with luxurious design and airy space, you can go to some famous restaurants in Hue such as Tinh Gia Vien ( 7K/28 Le Thanh Tong street), Ngu Uyen ( 6 Nguyen Hue street), Quynh Huong (133 Nguyen Sinh Cung), Khai Hoan (90-94 Le Loi street) to try traditional royal foods of Hue

How to get to Hue

Hue ancient capital has attracted a lot of tourists because of its lovely beauty, rich culture and a variety of scenic and historical sites. There are many ways to get to Hue.

You can choose to travel to Hue by air. At present, there are 3 airlines in Vietnam which offer flights to Hue from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh city namely Vietnam Airlines, Jetstar Pacific and Vietjet Air. The airfare is about 800.000 vnd/one way ticket. If you plan to visit Hue during holiday seasons, you had better book your ticket in advance to avoid tickets being sold out.

Alternatively, you can get to Hue by train from big cities such as Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh city. Trains suggested for you are SH train and Thong Nhat train. Although it will take you more time to travel by train than by air, you will have chance to get the view along the way.

Another way to get to Hue is by coach. From Hanoi, you can get on coaches such as Hoang Long, Phuong Trang, Hung Thanh. You are supposed to pay 350.000 vnd/ticket. If you are on your holiday in Ho Chi Minh city, you can buy coach ticket of Phuong Trang or Song Ty at the price between 400.000 and 700.000 vnd.

Upon arrival at Hue, you should hire a motorbike or a bike to get around the city and visit famous destinations. Cyclo is the most favored means of transport to many tourists. You are able to enjoy the beautiful landscape while having a cyclo tour.

What you should know about Hue Citadel

Hue Citadel was the capital of Nguyen Imperior during 140 years, from 1805 to 1945. Nowadays, it is in Thuan Thanh town, Hue city, in the community of the old capital which is recognized as a heritage of the world by UNESCO.

Hue Citadel was  built according to the first King of Nguyen Imperior – Gia Long King’s order in 1805. It was completed in 1832, under Minh Mang King’s time. It is nearly square with 600m for each side. Its area is 37,5 ha. The wall, was made of big bricks which is 4m high, and 1m thick. There are 10 rocky bridges around the outside of the wall. The main gate which is located towards the South is called Noon’s gate. In front of it are a flagstaff, and Huong river.

The Citadel comprises Royal City, and Forbidden city. Royal City was the working place of King, and rulers. It was built from 1804 to 1833 with more than 100 different buildings.

Built in 1804, Forbidden city is the innermost city where the King and royal members lived. It is rectangle, 1300m in circumference, including 50 buildings. The architecture of both cities are closely related to each other based on the use of each buildings.

Hue Citadel is the political centre of Nguyen Imperior whose architecture is very unique. It is also the relic of palace which is kept most integrated in Vietnam.

The unique architecture of Khai Dinh’s Tomb

The Tomb of Khai Dinh in Hue, Vietnam is considered the most majestic imperial tomb with the unique architecture in the country. Designed as a monument and mausoleum, the tomb took 11 years to build, from 1920 to 1931, and is the last Imperial tomb of the Nguyen dynasty.

The tomb of Khai Dinh’s location was decided by that Emperor to be at the foot of the mountain Chau Chu, 9 kilometers south of the city of Hue. Compared with the rest of imperial tombs, this tomb is small in size, it is only  more than 5600 square meters, yet its construction, decoration and details are very elaborate.

The tomb of Emperor Khai Dinh is a rectangle 117 meters long, 48.5 meters wide. Khai Dinh’s tomb is built mostly of reinforced concrete and it’s the imperial tomb of Hue which has the most influences from the West.

The tomb is divided into 2 parts: the palace Thien Dinh, where we can see the tomb of Emperor Khai Dinh, and the outside of the tomb, where the statues of court ceremonies, housed of the mandarins and the flag of the stele, hexagonal, is the highlight.

After climbing the stairs, we find a small courtyard with houses of mandarins on both sides. To access the next part of the Imperial Tomb, we have to climb another 29 steps more, this is one of the most beautiful spots of the visit, the ceremonial courtyard with stone statues (the material we see very little in this tomb ) with 2 rows of statues.

In the same place of the grave, in the courtyard of ceremonies, we see pavilion with a stone stele engraved on the life and reign of the emperor. This monument is unique as it is the only pavilion with hexagonal shape.

The last part of Khai Dinh complex, high in the Imperial Tomb, Thien Dinh is the palace where we can see the tomb of the emperor. In the main hall there is a statue of Emperor Khai Dinh sitting on his throne and at his feet is his sarcophagus. The decor is stained glass and mosaics made of broken pottery pieces.

In the next room, there is a statue of Emperor Khai Dinh, with real scale, made of bronze.

An interesting fact: the sun setting is right behind the statue of the emperor, symbolized the emperor’s death.

The Imperial Khai Dinh tomb is unique with respect to other imperial tombs in Hue for their influences and mixtures of architectural styles, eg the Indian Influence is found on the upper door trim, towers and obelisks and the Romanesque influence is in hexagonal stele pavilion.

Khai Dinh imperial tomb is so elaborate that Khai Dinh had to send people to go to  France to buy steel, iron, cement and tiles. The emperor also sent ships to China and Japan for ceramic and stained glass necessary to the grave.

The cost of building the Imperial Tomb Khai Dinh was so high that the emperor raised taxes to Vietnamese people by 30%.

The royal tomb of Khai Dinh with its history and unique architecture has become a very famous tourist site whenever you have city tour in Hue.

Ngo Mon Gate – the principal gate to the Imperial City

Ngọ Môn also known as the Gate of Noon, is the principal gate to the Imperial City, located within the citadel of Huế. It was built in 1833 in the traditional Vietnamese Nguyen style under the dominion of emperor Minh Mạng and the supreme used it as an observation point for troop campaigns and ceremonies.

The gate is splitted into two levels: the stone and brick fortress-like base structure, and the more elaborate, palace-like upper level.

The ground level has five entries, of which the centre one was always used for the monarch’s only. The two side entries (smaller) were used for mandarins, soldiers and horses. The two small bowed entries on the side were for the rest and common people.

The upper layer consists of a grand pavilion, called the Lầu Ngũ Phụng (Five-Phoenix Pavilion). It’s easy for the emperor  to watch troop campaigns and his subjects bringing homage from the principal hall. The roof of pavillion is decorated in imperial yellow, glazed ceramic roof tiles that are various animals and creatures to ward off evil.

Ngo Mon Gate’s architecture is somehow similar to Tiananmen Square in Beijing but also reflects the national architectural style of Vietnam. Ngo Mon is sophisticated and elegant, it’s considered the pinnacle of architectural art of the imperial court. Ngo Mon Gate was also where many important historical events and holidays of the Nguyen Dynasty took place y as publish new calendar, naming doctorate ceremony etc. August 30, 1945, Ngo Mon witnessed the abdication of Emperor Bao Dai, the last emperor of Vietnam’s monarchy who handed power to the interim government of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam

Ngo Mon Gate was able to survive the large-scale destruction during the Vietnamese War from 1950’s-1970s. In 1968, after the Battle Mau Than in Hue, Ngo Mon was severely damaged. Until 1970, the gate and some other places (also damaged) were repaired.

Ngo Mon Gate is one of the most important sites which you should visit during your trip to Hue