The ancient capital of Hue
Famous as one of Vietnam’s seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Hue Ancient Capital has long been a must-see attraction for tourists when visiting because of its hidden Vietnamese charm. Male.
The ancient capital of Hue is actually a walled fortress and palace belonging to the ancient capital of Hue, which was the capital of the Nguyen Dynasty for 140 years from 1805 to 1945.
This massive structure was planned to be built in 1803 by Gia Long – the founding emperor of the Nguyen Dynasty. During 27 years from 1805 to 1832, Hue Ancient Capital was finally completed under Minh Mang, becoming the most massive structure built in modern Vietnamese history with thousands of workers, millions of cubic meters of rock and huge volumes. of heavy workload. Located on the north bank of the Perfume River, facing the South with a total land area of 520 hectares. This place was recognized by UNESCO in 1993 with the remaining buildings being actively restored and preserved after the destruction of the Vietnam War.
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Hue ancient capital has a circumference of 10 km, a height of 6.6 meters and a thickness of 21 meters with fortresses arranged in a curving arrangement, accompanied by cannons, artifacts and ammunition. Initially the fortress was built only of earth, then it was replaced by bricks. Surrounding the city is an interlaced system of canals that not only plays a protective role, but also a nearly seven-kilometer-long water pipeline.
There are a total of ten majestic main gates leading to Hue Ancient Capital, which can be divided into two main parts excluding houses and mansions: the Citadel and the Forbidden City. The former served to guard the important palaces within while the latter housed the emperor and royal family as well as the court’s workplace. All the typical traditional architecture of the East including palaces, mausoleums and monumental museums, stand in harmony with each other to create an extremely interesting attraction right in the heart of Vietnam.
It’s not difficult to get to the Imperial City. From Phu Bai International Airport, go straight to National Highway 1A, you will stand right next to the large gate leading the way inside; Just prepare 50,000 VND for the ticket and all that is left for you is to visit the magnificence of Hue Ancient Capital.
Location: Hue Imperial City, Vietnam
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Distance to city center: 1.6km (1.0 mi)