Traveling to Vietnam? There are other cities to visit aside from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Since Vietnam is a pretty big country stretching from China down to Cambodia, different cities and provinces offer you diverse experiences, ranging from food to sceneries, and so much more.
You might have heard of China’s Forbidden City before, a place built for China’s most important people. BUT did you know that Vietnam has it’s very own Forbidden City too? It is actually located in one of its lesser known cities, Huế, which is situated somewhere in the middle of the country.
It’s not only filled with historical sites and pagodas but is also the former capital of Vietnam. Majority of the things you can do here are history-related so if you are a history buff, or probably an architecture enthusiast, Huế is definitely for you.
Here Are 6 Things To Do In Huế
1. The Citadel
- • Also known as Vietnam’s Forbidden City, the Citadel is Huế’s major attraction.
- • It was the residence of the Nguyen Dynasty from 1802-1945.
- • In 1993, it became one of Vietnam’s 7 UNESCO Heritage sites.
The Citadel, Huế, Vietnam
2. Pagodas and Temples
- • Huế is home to almost 300 pagodas.
- • They are scattered throughout the city but some of them have entrance fees.
- • You can choose to rent a motorbike and head to the temples by yourself or take the Perfume River Tour for a care-free trip. Not a morning person? There are also night tours you can consider.
3. Quoc Hoc High School
- • This school is the first and oldest school in Vietnam.
- • It was built by the French during the French colonial era which means classes at that time, included French.
- • Now known as Huế National High School, it is considered as one of the most prestigious schools in the city.
- • The school is not your typical tourist attraction but is worth a visit. Take note of the suggested visiting hours here.
one of the buildings of Quoc Hoc School
facade of Quoc Hoc school
4. Dong Ba Market
- • Locals and tourists alike head to Dong Ba to find anything and everything under the sun.
- • You can bargain for products but English is not widely spoken.
- • Bring your camera in case you want to take shots of the daily lives of locals in the market.
entrance to Dong Ba Market
5. Thanh Toan Tile Roofed Bridge
- • A bridge over water, Thanh Toan Bridge was built by a Vietnamese lady, Mrs. Tran, in 1776.
- • An altar was built in the middle of the bridge to commemorate her.
- • Tile roofing was uncommon at the time which made this bridge a model of other bridges, including Hoi An’s famous Japanese Bridge.
Thanh Toan Tile-roofed Bridge, Huế
6. Cooking and Cycling Class
- • To get a glimpse of the countryside, join a cooking and cycling class.
- • Discover interesting sights and peek into the life of locals through food and flavours.
- • Check out how our tour went here.
we joined a local cooking class in Huế
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What do you think? Are these reasons enough to make you include Huế in your Vietnam itinerary? Let us know in the comment section below!