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Coming to the dream city of Hue, there are variety of amazing landscapes for you to explore. Surely you are overwhelmed in the choice of Hue tourist destinations among many different places. However, do not ignore the beauty that is considered characteristic of the ancient land in Hue imperial city! Let’s find out some history for the trip to this place!

1. Brief introduction of Hue imperial city

It is no coincidence that Hue was dubbed the ancient capital. There used to be a powerful kingdom including kings who built and developed very prosperously. Visiting a little history of the country, Hue imperial city is still a unique and valuable architectural work of Hue in particular and the country in general.

hue imperial city, ngo mon gate

Built hundreds of years ago and the residence of the king, royal with spacious space and a cluster of monuments divided into many different spaces including castle complexes, surely you will not from curiosity and interest in many of the historical remains of a feudal dynasty here. The natural space is also very harmonious. Besides, it is appropriately distributed with ponds, lakes, elegant gardens, flowers and grass to rocky mountains. Spending the whole day to visit and admire the whole scenery here when strolling or even cruising is also a great experience on the inner tour of Hue that you should not miss when coming to here!

2. When is the best time you should come?

There is a small note for those intending to go to Hue imperial city. You should spend time in the morning for cool weather or go from early afternoon to be able to play or hang out longer here. Because at 5 o’clock, the inner city has closed and does not allow visitors to have fun and move here already! For those who come a little late, even if you buy a ticket to visit Hue inner city, it is not enough to go all the corners or tombs in Hue palace. That is quite wasteful.

hue inner city

In addition, any season of the year is suitable for visiting here. But ideally, in April or June of even years, there will be exciting Hue festival activities with water puppets. Therefore, itineraries of sightseeing also become easier and more interesting.

3. Directions to Hue imperial city

Hue Citadel is located right in the center. You can move from the south bank of the Perfume River to Trang Tien Bridge or Phu Xuan Bridge, to Bach Ho and then follow Quang Duc Street to move to the royal court. In addition, taxi prices here are relatively cheap but drivers often do not take short routes. So if you are at the hotel near the center, you can go cyclo. It is very suitable.

The area of ​​the royal area both inside and outside is very large. You can take a comfortable trip to discover all the beautiful scenery here, take photos and combine stopping to enjoy tea and fish for a true excursions. It will take from half a day to a whole day to be able to feel and fully explore the beauty of the architecture here.

4. The latest Hue imperial city ticket price and opening hours in 2019

hue, Vietnam

Are you going to have a visit to this historic destination but you are wondering about how much the entrance ticket to Hue inner city is? Is it expensive? The ticket price for Hue’s newest inner city in 2019 is about $6.5. The ticket price for children will be much cheaper. However, according to the experience of many people who have traveled before, you should choose the sightseeing package to admire and have fun to discover more interesting things here.

Opening time: 7:00 – 17:30 everyday

5. Hue imperial city map

The city is quite large and you will definitely need to spend time to consult the map and the way to the points. You need to know to avoid getting lost while walking here. The map is almost everywhere in the inner city and your job is to pay a little more attention if you hang around here.

From the large gate, the area from the entrance and exit is quite a distance and two completely different gates. You should pay attention when moving. At the time you nearly finish the trip, if you see the sign EXIT: Hien Nhon Gate, follow that road to leave!

6. Hue imperial city dress code

If you want to have beautiful photography concepts in a romantic setting in the inner city, do not ignore the selection of suitable outfits. Because this place combines mausoleum and is a solemn place. Therefore, please avoid wearing offensive outfits.

ngo mon gate, hue

For girls, you can choose the types of long maxi skirts or elegant dresses with lovely color motifs. You can combine hat props or wide-brimmed hats to capture feminine concepts with attractive back ground. 

7. Attractions in Hue imperial city you should not miss out

Ngo Mon Gate

ngo mon gate hue

This is the gate to the exit and if you are too late at the time the attraction is closed and still want to have beautiful pictures or panoramic view of the palace, you can stop at Ngo Mon Gate! The U-shaped gate consists of 5 aisles with the roof floor is built by ironwood, the space around the bar includes the clear lake. This is also a place for you to see part of the sophistication in the design of inner Hue.

Dien Tho palace

Dien Dien Tho with the meaning of wanting to extend the life span of the Queen was built for the queen with a very peaceful and beautiful landscape surrounded by a lotus pond, a lake with goldfish and a resting place for guests. You can take advantage of the opportunity to stop here and enjoy tea and the peaceful scenery. That is rarely found anywhere in the hustle and bustle of the city.

dien tho palace

In addition, stepping inside is an architectural work with antiquities from ancient times and a relaxing place outside the queen’s garden.

Thai Hoa Palace

thai hoa palace

Another point that you should not ignore if you want to choose the sights and places to check in and take great pictures in Hue city is Thai Hoa Palace. Located in the imperial area, this was once the venue for important ceremonies and solemn court ceremonies. On both sides is a large and stretching lake area, you can visit the Imperial Court and Thai Hoa Palace.

The Forbidden City 

The Forbidden City is considered to be the place with the most things to explore in Hue imperial city. It is sure that this is also one of the expensive check in and take photos for you. The Forbidden City is the living place of the king as well as the Nguyen Dynasty. It includes the Can Chanh Palace where there is a large space for the king to set up the court and organize feasts. Besides, that is the Can Thanh Palace where the King took rest and Thai Binh Lau is the place to relax and read books.

8. A few notes for first time travelers to Hue imperial city

hue imperial city

As a solemn tourist destination, there are a few rules that you should pay attention to and perform well.

+ Adhere to the rules of ticket purchase, each person buys his ticket and has it ready in hand, so that the ticket control can be carried out quickly.

+ Pay attention to preserving the general hygiene as well as the beauty of the tourist destination inside and outside Hue city by not throwing or littering indiscriminately, keep it clean.

+ Do not film and take pictures inside the interior, in addition you are not allowed to touch the artifacts.

+ Avoid making offensive postures or wearing inappropriate clothes and lack of respect when visiting the Hue court.

Wish you have a fun day when coming to Hue imperial city and don’t forget to share more interesting experiences with us.

So what do you expect more for a great trip? Please contact us – Asia Master Tours for guidance, advice and get the most preferential price when you, your family and friends are going to enjoy Hue city.

You can view more articles about traveling to Vietnam and see more famous places in Hue such as Minh Mang tombTu Duc Tomb.

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Phone: (+84)24 6293 4678

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Tomb of Tu Duc is often called Khiem Lang. This is one of the historic monuments belonging to Hue ancient vestige complex. It was recognized by UNESCO as a world cultural heritage on December 11, 1993. Tu Duc Tomb is the burial ground of the 4th emperor of the Nguyen Dynasty. That is King Tu Duc or Nguyen Phuc Hong Nham. He ruled for 36 years from 1847 to 1883. Besides, he was also one of the kings to hold the longest throne in the Nguyen Dynasty.

1. The reason for building Tu Duc tomb

According to historical records, in the Nguyen Dynasty, the rule of feudalism, the first son of King Thieu Tri was Hong Bao who was the successor. However, due to poor talent and intelligence, arrogant temperament, the king was removed from Tiem throne. And Hong Nham was the second son of the king to the throne and called himself Tu Duc.

The reason for building Tu Duc tomb

It can be said that King Tu Duc was the longest ruler among the 13 Nguyen kings. This is a king who loves the people and the country. Moreover, he was a gentle poet but physically weak and pessimistic.

In the context of difficult society at that time, the brothers scrambled for the throne. Because Tu Duc himself was in poor health, King Tu Duc built the tomb. This place became the second palace for king to drain grief and prevent a sudden departure. When the tomb was built, it was called Van Nien Co. But after the Chay Voi uprising, King Tu Duc changed the name to Khiem Cung. Finally, after the king’s death, they called it Khiem Lang.

2. The process of building Tu Duc tomb

Tu Duc Tomb is an ancient architectural complex located in a narrow valley in Duong Xuan village. But now it is in Thuong Ba hamlet, Thuy Xuan ward, Hue city.

The process of building Tu Duc tomb

In 1864, the Tomb of Tu Duc was started construction with 50,000 soldiers involved.
In the 19th year of Tu Duc (1866), due to the extreme misery of the construction of Van Nien Co, a force of soldiers and civilians who built the tomb rebelled. Although the uprising was suppressed, due to this incident, the king had to change Van Nien Co’s name to Khiem Cung and write a sympathetic speech to apologize.
In 1873, they completed Khiem Cung.

3. The location of Tu Duc Tomb

This place is located in Thuy Bieu Commune, Hue City, Thua Thien Hue Province. They built the mausoleum in a very peaceful land, in a narrow valley in Duong Xuan Thuong village.

4. The artistic value of Tu Duc Tomb

The artistic value of Tu Duc Tomb

With the elegant architecture of Tu Duc Mausoleum, a beautiful picture of water color has been created. Tomb of Tu Duc had been on the list of the most beautiful architectural works of the nineteenth century.

5. Road to Tu Duc Tomb

This place is 6km from Hue city to the southwest. If traveling by motorbike or self-driving car, you can move to the South on Hoai Thanh Street, then turn right to Nguyen Trung Ngan Street. Running another 160m, visitors turn left to Huyen Tran Cong Chua street.

Road to Tu Duc tomb

Next, from Huyen Tran Cong Chua Street, visitors go straight for another 700m and turn left to Doan Nhu Hai Street. Running another 450m, visitors will reach the Tomb of Tu Duc – Khiem Lang in Thuy Xuan Ward, Hue City.

6. Tomb of Tu Duc scale

Emperor Tu Duc’s mausoleum possesses an area of ​​nearly 12 hectares, 10 times than King Gia Long’s tomb. The layout of the tomb includes tombs with about 50 large and small structures. In addition, all of these buildings which belong to the Tu Duc mausoleum were accompanied by the word “Khiem”.

7. Ancient architecture of Tu Duc tomb

This place is one of the most beautiful architectural works belonging to the architectural complex of the tomb and palace of the Nguyen Dynasty in the ancient capital of Hue. Following the stains of time, many buildings here have become devastated. Additionally, the architectural lines faded but still possess a regal architecture.

Khiem Cung Mon

Khiem Cung Mon

Khiem Cung Mon is one of the two-storey gazebo buildings for the king to rest whenever he comes here. In the middle is the Hoa Khiem palace where now is used to worship the king and queen.

Luong Khiem Palace

Luong Khiem Palace

Luong Khiem Palace is located behind Hoa Khiem Palace in Khiem Cung Mon. Formerly this place was originally the king’s resting place. But after that, this place was used as a place to worship the spirits of Mrs. Tu Du and the mother of King Tu Duc. On the right of the main hall is On Khiem Duong, which is also the place to store utensils.

Minh Khiem Theater

Minh Khiem Theater

Located on the left side of Luong Khiem palace, it is where the king watched and sang. This theater is one of the oldest theaters in Vietnam today. Most of the walls or empty pillars are elaborately carved with prominent patterns. Nowadays you often see the old style through the pictures of beautiful wooden setters.

Tinh Khiem Island

tinh Khiem Island

Tinh Khiem Island is the land which used to grow flowers and raise animals. This is the place where the king often visits to enjoy ornamental flowers, recite poetry, read books. In addition, it has three bridges connecting to pine hills.

Tomb area

The tomb area is right behind the mausoleum. The first is Bai Dinh with two rows of statues of martial arts officials to serve the king across the world. Next to Bai Dinh is Bi Dinh, which has a stone tablet of Thanh Hoa weighing up to 20 tons with the inscription “Khiem Cung Ky” written by the king.

Tomb area

Moreover, on the hill lying on the other side of the stele is the Buu Thanh semicircular lake which was built with bricks. And in the middle is the tomb of King Tu Duc built on 3 floors of stone bar.

In addition, a special unknown area in this complex is Boi Lang, the resting place of King Kien Phuc, the 7th king of the Nguyen Dynasty. Tu Duc Tomb attracts a large number of tourists thanks to the beauty of the fairy which lulls people to the natural world.

So what do you expect more for a great trip? Please contact us – Asia Master Tours for guidance, advice and get the most preferential price when you, your family and friends are going to enjoy Hue city.

You can view more articles about traveling to Vietnam and explore more famous places such as Minh Mang tomb and Hue imperial city.

Contact Us

Address: 272 Khuong Dinh Street, Thanh Xuan District, Hanoi, Vietnam

Phone: (+84)24 6293 4678

Email: [email protected]

Hotline: (+84)962 313 698



Coming to Hue, any tourist remembers the vast and ancient tombs. One of the most attractive tombs is Minh Mang Tomb. This is a project bearing the imprint of traditional architecture of the country.

1. The history of the Tomb of Minh Mang

Every Nguyen Dynasty king nurtured his tomb. King Minh Mang is no exception. After a period of searching, in the summer of 1840, Minh Mang tomb was started construction. Until 1843, after two years Minh Mang died, the tomb was completed. Currently, the Tomb of King Minh Mang is located in Cam Ke Mountain, Huong Tho Commune, Huong Tra District, Hue. Besides, it is near the Bang Lang T-junction, where the Ta Trach and Huu Trach intersection form the Huong River running through the citadel Hue City. The mausoleum is about 12 km from Hue city.

2. Places to explore when entering Minh Mang Tomb

a. Dai Hong Mon 

dai hong mon, hue

As the main gate of the mausoleum, there are 3 paths with 24 nice roofs. The gate is only open once to bring the king’s coffin in. to go through the two side paths, Ta Hong Mon and Huu Hong Mon. Dai Hong Mon was built according to the typical architecture of the three-time gate of the Nguyen Dynasty. The roof is curved like a comedy. Create images like lotus petals that open wide. The gate is painted in red, symbolizing the life and longevity of the Nguyen Dynasty.

b. Bi Dinh

bi dinh, minh mang tomb

It is a large yard behind Dai Hong Mon with two rows of mandarins, elephants and horses and on Phung Than Son hill. Inside there is a stele “Thanh Duc Than Cong” written by King Thieu Tri on the history and merits of his father. Bi Dinh was built in the traditional architecture of the Nguyen Dynasty. 2-storey roof set showing the yin and yang element.

c. The mausoleum area

The mausoleum is a place of worship of the King, including Hieu Duc Mon, Sung An Palace is located in the center of worshiping the King and Queen and Hoang Trach Mon fragrant with fragrance. The place to worship the king has dragon decoration. The tablets of kings and queens are here based on the principles of left and right. In front of the deck is the floor. This temple was restored and in 1990.

d. Minh Lau

minh lau. minh mang tomb

Minh Lau is a 2-storey square building with 8 roofs located on Tam Dai Son hill, behind is a flower-shaped Tho garden symmetrically across the Shinto road.

e. Buu Thanh

buu thanh, minh mang tomb

Located in the middle of Tan Nguyet Lake in the shape of a new moon, crossing the Smart Chinh Truc Bridge, the king’s resting place in the middle of a hill named Khai Trach Son is limited by the Buu Thanh circle. Emperor Minh Mang’s casket was brought here by a tunnel through three stone gates. It is then permanently closed. Every year, this bronze door was opened only once on the occasion of the New Year to clear the grave.

3. Experience in the royal tomb

a. Where is the tomb of Minh Mang?

Located at: highway 49, Huong Tho, Hue, Thua Thien Hue

Opening hours are from 7:00 to 17:00 every day

b. How to get to Minh Mang Tomb?

minh mang tomb

Minh Mang tomb is 18 km from Hue city to the south. To reach this place, you can travel by many different means. From the city center, you can take a dragon boat down the Perfume River where the Ta Trach and Huu Trach sources meet. If traveling by car or motorbike, you can follow Highway 49, pass Tuan Bridge and across Huong River to reach Minh Mang Tomb.

c. Time to visit Minh Mang Tomb

The most pleasant weather in Hue is from January to February. This is the most suitable time to visit the historic sites, the inner city as well as the tombs of the Nguyen Dynasty.

minh mang tomb hue

In addition, to visit the whole landscape of Minh Mang tomb and the tombs surrounding monuments, you need about 3 to 4 hours.

d. The road to enjoy nature when you visit Minh Mang tomb

Right from the first step, the tomb has brought many surprises to visitors. From outside to inside, the works in the tomb are arranged in three parallel axes. With the Shinto axis playing a central role. Right behind Hong Mon gate is a garden with a series of unique stone statues. Simulate the army and horses, war elephants are waiting for the king to see. The gate of Dai Hong Mon in the middle is the only place to welcome the king’s spirit to enter the mausoleum. Ta Hong Mon and Huu Hong Mon are decorated with delicate dragon carvings.

minh mang tomb hue

Next is Ho Tram Minh with three stone bridges across. It looks like green lungs in the middle of the mausoleum. Like the Gate of Hongmen, the bridge in the middle is also dedicated to carrying the king’s spirit.

Then, continue the journey to explore the tomb at Dien Sung An. Possessing exquisite interior carvings and domes. At the end of the journey, return to the garden, enjoy a fresh and pure air among the green trees.

Through many ups and downs of history, Tomb of King Minh Mang Hue still stands majestically in the heart of the Imperial Capital. Therefore, the Tomb of Minh Mang will be a valuable traditional cultural asset of Nguyen Dynasty’s history forever.

So what do you expect more for a great trip? Please contact us – Asia Master Tours for guidance, advice and get the most preferential price when you, your family and friends are going to enjoy Hue city.

You can view more articles about traveling to Vietnam and explore more famous places in Hue such as Hue imperial city and Tu Duc tomb.

Contact Us

Address: 272 Khuong Dinh Street, Thanh Xuan District, Hanoi, Vietnam

Phone: (+84)24 6293 4678

Email: [email protected]

Hotline: (+84)962 313 698


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