Beautiful, glamorous, and historic Hue city is an attraction that you can’t skip when you come to Vietnam, especially this season.

The first time I came to Hue city was in 2009, when most of the attractions in the city were undergone reconstruction. Probably, it was not the best time to travel to the city, but I enjoyed the trip in the end. Hue city was a beautiful, glamorous, and historic place for a nostalgia soul like me. Especially, in the winter season, Hue city is being hidden behind the bitter cold weather and the slight showering. It was, perhaps, a good place for anyone looking for a refreshment for their mind and their soul.

Below is the photo collection of Hue city’s royal momentums (in the other word, you can call it mausoleum) and Hue city’s royal prestige.

Gia Long mausoleum or Thien Tho tomb located at Dinh Mon hamlet, Huong Tho commune, Huong Tra district and away from the center of Hue city 20 kilometers to the West is the tomb of the first king of Nguyen dynasty-Gia Long. Real name of Gia Long is Nguyen Phuc Anh (1762-1820), and he was the king since 1802. Besides the milestone for the king, there is a tomb for Thien Cao queen who was always next to the king through several severe challenges. Photo: VnExpress
Minh Mang mausoleum or Hieu mausoleum is the forever resting place of king Minh Mang (1791-1841). He was the king since 1820 until he died in 1841. The complex construction took 3 years in order to be finished and was covered by greenness of trees and beautifully peaceful sightseeing of rivers. Photo: VnExpress
Thieu Tri mausoleum or Xuong tomb is the resting place of king Thieu Tri, the third king of Nguyen dynasty. The mausoleum is part of Hue ancient capital complex and has been publicized as international heritage in 1993 by UNESCO. It is only 8 kilometers away from the center of Hue city and was located at Cu Chanh village, Thuy Bang commune, Huong Thuy district. The attraction is opposite to the Northwest side which is unusual for mausoleum construction. Photo: VnExpress
Tu Duc mausoleum complex or Khiem Palace located at a narrow valley of Thuong Ba hamlet, Thuy Xuan ward, Hue city. Construction of the mausoleum is complicated, but beautiful and attractive thanks to the location and the magical mindset of the constructor. The mausoleum is one of the most beautiful royal tomb constructions. Inside this mausoleum, there is a tomb of king Kien Phuc who was adopted by Tu Duc and was the successor of Nguyen dynasty after king Duc Duc and king Hiep Hoa. Also, Tu Duc was the king that had the longest reign of 37 years. Photo: VnExpress
Duc Duc mausoleum or An tomb is the forever resting place of king Duc Duc, king Thanh Thai, and king Duy Tan. The mausoleum is located at An Cuu ward and only 2 kilometers away from the center of Hue city. Duc Duc was the father of king Thanh Thai, the 10th king of Nguyen Dynasty. It was king Thanh Thai who built the mausoleum for his father, and also himself.
Hiep Hoa tomb was the milestone for king Hiep Hoa who only ran a reign of 4 months before being deposed. The tomb for the 6th king of Nguyen dynasty is located inside a pine forest, so it is not that popular to the visitors yet. Citizens of Hue city constructed this tomb for the king as a tribune for him. Photo: VnExpress
Dong Khanh mausoleum belong to the royal heritage of Nguyen dynasty. It is the resting place of king Dong Khanh and king Ham Nghi. King Ham Nghi died in Algeria (4/1/1944), but was later on reunion with his dad, king Dong Khanh in the Dong Khanh mausoleum. The complex is the mixture of modern construction style and the ancient style of Nguyen dynasty. Photo: VnExpress
Khai Dinh mausoleum, located at Thuy Bang village, Huong Thuy district, is the resting place of king Khai Dinh. The construction of the complex took 11 years, from 1920 to 1931. Comparing to the predecessor, king Khai Dinh had a unique mindset of construction and fashion. Every materials for the mausoleum complex were imported from foreign countries. King Khai Dinh was the genuinely contemporary king and his mausoleum construction reflected the thing. In general, visitors can find the mixed style of Western and Eastern construction at the same time in Khai Dinh mausoleum. Photo: VnExpress
Forbidden city of Nguyen Dynasty was the center of Nguyen Dynasty and was the place that the empire worked daily. After 200 years of existing, it is one of the most attractive sightseeing in Hue city. Photo: VnExpress
Nam Giao park of modern day used to be a worship house of Nguyen dynasty. It is the only worship house that is left until today. Photo: VnExpress


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