Top 22 attractions to explore in Thua Thien Hue
This province is located in the North Central Coast region of Vietnam. It has 128 km of coastline, 22,000 ha of lagoons and over 200,000 ha of forest. There is an extensive complex of imperial tombs and temples in Huế.
Gia Long Tomb (also called Thien Tho Tomb) is the tomb of Emperor Gia Long (1762 – 1820) – the founder of the Nguyen Dynasty which was recognized as one of UNESCO World Heritages. The tomb is considered as a complex including many other tombs of the King’s relatives.
Hon Chen Temple located on Ngoc Tran Mountain, Thua Thien Hue Province, is one of the most reputable relics attracting tourists to experience historical value here. Hon Chen Temple is not only a historical and religious monument but also a scenic spot with a unique cultural attraction.
The Imperial City at Hue is the best-preserved remnant of a vast citadel and royal palace complex that once existed on the site before the Vietnam war. Nowadays the city has been declared a UNESCO site and the remaining buildings haveac been restored.
The mausoleum was built for Khải Định, the twelfth Emperor of the Nguyễn dynasty. It was built from 1920 to 1931 taking 11 years to complete. The tomb is a blend of Western and Eastern architecture. It is located on a steep hill outside of the capital city of Huế.
Ngự Bình is a mountain in the Thua Thien Hue province of Vietnam. From the top of Ngu Binh Mount, people can view the city and river, the pine forests on the hills and large plains of Huong Thuy, Phu Vang, Huong Tra Districts with plants and trees.
The Esplanade of Sacrifice to the Heaven and Earth (Nam Giao Esplanade) is an imperial altar situated south of the city of Huế, central Vietnam. It is dedicated to the heaven and earth. The complex was visited by the monarchs of the Nguyen dynasty for annual ceremonies of prayer to Heaven.
Tam Giang Lagoon is the largest lagoon in Southeast Asia with a total surface area of 22,000 hectares. All big rivers in the area such as Perfume River, O Lau River, and Bo River pour into Tam Giang Lagoon before going to the East Sea. This destination is a famous tourist attraction because of its pristine beauty and romantic landscapes.
Thanh Toan Bridge is about 8 km away from Hue, located at Thuy Thanh commune, Huong Thuy District, Thua Thien Hue province. This bridge was built by Mrs. Tran Thi Dao in 1776, who is a member of the 6th generation of Tran’s family. Thanh Toan Bridge was made of wood and the structure is “a bridge under a house” that made Thanh Toan Bridge different from other ancient bridges.
The Pagoda of the Celestial Lady in Hue is the most important buildings for Vietnamese people in the country. This 7 story pagoda lies on the banks of Perfume River. It was officially built in 1601 under Nguyen Hoang Lord reign – the first Nguyen Lord in Southern Vietnam.
Dong Khanh’s Tomb is located on the land of Cu Si hamlet, now Thuong Hai village, Thuy Xuan commune, Hue City. The tomb area’s design was almost influenced by Western-style, from its architectural peculiarities or decorative models to the building materials. The complex includes an area displaying royal furniture and calligraphy.
Trang Tien Bridge is undoubtedly the most well-known bridge in the city of Hue, Vietnam. This connects the Phu Hoa district and the Phu Hoi district across the famous Huong River, which sometimes can also be called the “Perfume” river in English.
Map of attractions in Thua Thien Hue