One-day tour of Hue imperial city

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(VOVworld)- The Imperial Citadel of Hue, a UNESCO cultural heritage is a major tourist destination in Vietnam. Its construction began in 1805 in the reign of King Gia Long, founder of the Nguyen Dynasty and ended in 1832 in the reign of King Minh Mang. 200 years have passed but the imperial citadel with nearly 140 buildings still remains almost intact. Built along the Perfume River, Hue citadel is a huge complex covering an area of 520ha and comprising three circles of ramparts, Kinh Thành Huế (Hue Capital Citadel), Hoàng Thành (Royal Citadel) and Tử Cấm Thành (Forbidden Citadel). The Hue citadel is surrounded by 7 km of river that protected and served as a waterway for the citadel. The complex was designed in accordance with Eastern philosophy, Vietnamese tradition and Western architectural influence. Nguyen Thi Khanh Ha is a guide with the Open Tour Travel Company: "Hue citadel faces Ngự Bình mountain, with the Perfume river as its front hall and two sand dunes, Cổn Hến and Cổn … [Read more...]

Former imperial citadel is masterclass in architecture, romance

My Tran Tourists fl ock to Tu Cam Thanh Just as a reminder, construction of the Hue royal city started in 1805 under the reign of King Gia Long and was completed in 1832 under King Minh Mang, on the northern bank of the Huong (Perfume) River. It is a huge complex covering an area of 520ha and comprising three circles of ramparts, Kinh Thanh Hue (Hue Capital Citadel), Hoang Thanh (Royal Citadel) and Tu Cam Thanh (Forbidden Citadel). One of the gates of Hue Imperial Citadel in early morning in Hue City As far as architecture is concerned, the royal citadel of Hue was built in the style of the French military architect Vauban in combination with Oriental palace architecture. So to discover the whole site, tourists may need half a day. However, not one second will be wasteful as it will be a trip they will never forget. The first stop-over is the exterior circle. With a square shape, it is almost 10km in circumference, 6m high, 21m thick, with 10 entrances. On the top of the walls, … [Read more...]

Hue’s relic becomes coffee shop

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VietNamNet Bridge - Tu Phuong Vo Su (meaning everything is save and sound), an important relic in Hue ancient citadel, has been leased for VND200 million ($10,000) a year to open a café. Miniature of Hue ancient capital in Saigon Nguyen Dynasty royal palace in unpublished photos Close-up of Hue's royal antiques Tu Phuong Vo Su was built in 1923 under the reign of King Khai Dinh. It was the place where the king and his royal family took the air and enjoyed a view and the place where princes and princesses of the Nguyen Dynasty studied. Due to climate impacts and wars, the relic was seriously downgraded by 1968. … [Read more...]

Stopovers on the Central Region heritage road

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VietNamNet Bridge - The six world heritage sites recognized by the UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) in the Central Region creates a "heritage road" worthy to explore. Ho Dynasty Citadel in Thanh Hoa The citadel of the Ho Dynasty is situated in Vinh Loc District, Thanh Hoa Province. It was the capital of Vietnam from 1398 to 1407. … [Read more...]

Ten best places to visit in Vietnam, Touropia finds

A part of Da Lat during the Flower Festival 2012 (Photo: VNA)

8. Ho Chi Minh City Lying along the Saigon River near the Mekong Delta in southern Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City was formerly known as Saigon and served as the capital of South Vietnam during the Vietnam War. Today, Ho Chi Minh City is the largest city of the reunified country, offering plenty of reasons to visit, from its blend of historic and modern attractions to vibrant shopping, dining and nightlife. Ho Chi Minh City is most commonly explored by motorbike taxis, but buses and car taxis are also plentiful. Sightseeing the city's centre awards elegant boulevards lined with French colonial architecture, beautiful churches, pagodas and prominent landmarks like the Reunification Palace, City Hall, the Opera House and Notre Dame Cathedral. A number of museums exhibit war history and local culture. The city's business and entertainment district offer modern attractions like the Bitexco Financial Tower skyscraper and the Dai Nam Tourist Park, which features a man-made mountain … [Read more...]

Ten days to discover VN

VGP - If you are short on time then this journey will take you to the 'must see' gems of fascinating Vietnam in only ten days. In this article, we introduce the first destinations when you begin your journey. Day 1 Arrive in Hanoi You arrive in Hanoi and go to your booked hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure to explore Hanoi and overnight here. Day 2 In Hanoi This morning you will visit the Ho Chi Minh Complex, containing the mausoleum of the nations' founder Ho Chi Minh. Here, large crowds gather to pay their respects to the man they call 'Uncle Ho' as they silently file past his glass sarcophagus. The complex also contains the One Pillar Pagoda, whose origins date back to the founding of the city in the 11th century. The Presidential Palace and Uncle Ho's house on stilts can also be seen here. You follow this with a walking tour of Hanoi's vibrant Old Quarter and Hoan Kiem Lake (Sword Lake). Legend has it that in the 15th century Emperor Le Thai To vanquished the … [Read more...]

Hue festival reaches out to the world

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The city of Hue has hosted six international biennial festivals since 2000. The seventh edition of this multicultural event, which begins this weekend, is expected to attract a record 36 art troupes from 27 countries. Nirvana: Thien Mu Pagoda on the bank of the Huong (Perfume) River. — VNA/VNS Photo Nhat Anh Past masters: Some 300 actors take part in a recreation of an historical ceremony during which court officials were allowed by the king to visit their home after passing the­ royal examination. — VNA/VNS Photo Thanh Ha Going for a song: A singer performs while artisans from a local handicraft village go about their daily business. — VNA/VNS Photo Quang Ngoc Food fest: Visitors to the festival enjoy the local cuisine. — VNA/VNS Photo Love is all around: Children from the House of Love charity centre make souvernirs for the biennial Hue festival. — VNS Photo Hoai Nam King for a day: A recreation of the King's leaving of his palace. — VNA/VNS Photo Anh Tuan Tours and … [Read more...]

ART & ENTERTAINMENT IN BRIEF 9/4

Painter reveals poetic side Veteran painter and sculptor Van Thuyet has wowed art lovers with his latest production, but it's not the usual art work he's noted for. Thuyet has launched a publication of his bilingual Vietnamese-English poetry collection entitled Tiec Tran Gian (Party on Earth). The collection features 54 poems which reveal his life philosophy as well as the ambitions and desires of the human race. Works by the world's great writers, including Mikhail Lermontov, Alexander Puskin, Honre de Balzac, Alexandre Dumas and Victor Hugo, were his childhood "friends" and nurtured his writing skill. Although Thuyet wrote his first poems when he was at secondary school, his writing skill flourished when he pursued his studies at the Teachers' Training University and then the Ha Noi University of Industrial Fine Arts during the 1970s and 80s. His life experience as he matured gave him the inspiration for about 200 poems. "During that period, Viet Nam faced very hard times … [Read more...]

French art troupes attend Hue Festival

French art troupes led by President of the Poitou-Charentes Regional Council of France, Segolene Royal will attend the opening ceremony of the Hue Festival on the evening of April 7. Diverse activities take place in Hue National Tourism Year to be launched in Hue This is the second time Royal has visited Vietnam in the past six months. Pointou-Charantes has sent several art troupes to the Hue Festival since the event was first held in 2000. A number of art troupes from the Poitou-Charentes region will join this year's festival including Carabosse, Jazz Combo Box and Les Oreillers Rouges-Vanessa Jousseaume. Carabosse troupe has planned a spectacular performance on the Huong River with candle installations during the opening ceremony. The French artists will also set up an installation of small fires along the wall of the Hien Nhon Gate in the Forbidden Purple City and the trumpeters of Jazz Combo Box will perform in the streets and on stage at the festival. During her … [Read more...]

Hue heritage sites open for free on Lunar New Year

The complex of Hue monuments will be open for free during the first three days of the Lunar New Year, on January 23-25, said Phan Thanh Hai, deputy director of the Hue Heritage Preservation Center, on Tuesday. Tourists and locals will have the chance to visit popular attractions like the ancient inner city, An Dinh palace, and the Khai Dinh and Tu Duc tombs free of charge. "This is an annual activity of the center, as a part of the celebration of Lunar New Year," said Hai. Usually, it costs VND30,000 (US$1.5) for locals and VND55,000 ($3) for foreigners to visit the inner city, and VND10,000 (US 50 cents) extra for admission to An Dinh palace. Established as the capital of Vietnam in 1802, Hue was not only the political but also the cultural and religious center of the country under the Nguyen dynasty until 1945. Photo: Tuoi Tre The complex of Hue monuments features hundreds of monuments and ruins, such as the Forbidden Purple City, the Imperial City, royal tombs, a flag … [Read more...]

VND1.3 trillion for restoration of Hue royal citadel

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- Thua ThienHue provincial People's Committee has approved a project to restore the Hue royal citadel in the 2011-2015 period with total investment capital of approximately VND1.3 trillion. The capital is sourced from the State budget and other sources. The project aims to restore the citadel wall, relocate households living surrounding the citadel and repair the system of bridges and drains. The Hue Citadel Complex, established during the Nguyen dynasty from 1805 to 1945, is one of the relics in the former Hue Imperial Capital-a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site and a major national tourist attraction. Hue has chosen to be the capital city of the Southern Kingdom by all Nguyen Lords and officially became the capital under Tay Son'reign. For approximately 400 years, Hue has become a great landscape and architectural site. Hue's royal complex has been officially recognized by the UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Situated on the Northern bank of the Perfume River, with an area … [Read more...]

USD62 million to preserve Hue royal citadel

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The government of Thua Thien-Hue province has approved a project to preserve the Hue royal citadel, a world cultural heritage, at the cost of nearly VND1.3 trillion or USD62 million. With USD62 million, the outer layer of the Hue royal citadel, with a perimeter of 10km, will be repaired. Nearly 1,000 families who live in this area will be removed. The entire dike and ditch system as well as the citadel wall will be mended. This project will be implemented from the end of 2011 to 2015. Of the VND1.3 trillion of capital, VND1.28 billion will be allocated from the state budget. Hue was the capital city of the Southern Kingdom by all Nguyen Lords and officially became the capital under Tay Son' reign. For approximately 400 years, Hue has become a great landscape and architectural site. Hue' royal complex has been recognised by the UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The Hue royal citadel is situated on the northern bank of the Huong (Perfume) River, with an area of 500 ha and a system … [Read more...]

$62 million to preserve Hue royal citadel

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The government of Thua Thien-Hue province has approved a project to preserve the Hue royal citadel, a world cultural heritage, at the cost of nearly VND1.3 trillion or $62 million. This is the largest-ever project to restore and preserve the Hue relic, performed by the Center for Preservation of Hue Ancient Capital. With $62 million, the outer layer of the Hue royal citadel, with a perimeter of 10km, will be repaired. Nearly 1,000 families who live in this area will be removed. The entire dike and ditch system as well as the citadel wall will be mended. This project will be implemented from the end of 2011 to 2015. Of the VND1.3 trillion of capital, VND1.28 billion will be allocated from the state budget. Hue was the capital city of the Southern Kingdom by all Nguyen Lords and officially became the capital under Tay Son' reign. For approximately 400 years, Hue has become a great landscape and architectural site. Hue' royal complex has been recognized by the UNESCO as a World … [Read more...]

Hue seeks Japan’s ODA for heritage restoration

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Thua Thien - Hue Province is seeking US$30 million from Japan's official development assistance (ODA) to renovate and reconstruct the works in the Forbidden Purple City of Hue City, said a provincial official in charge of heritage restoration. Phan Thanh Hai, deputy director of Hue Monuments Conservation Center, said that one-third of the amount would go to the reconstruction of Can Chanh Palace, the imperial city's second largest place after Thai Hoa Palace, which was destroyed in wartime. Phan said that the renovation had been scheduled for ages, adding that in 1994, the center in cooperation with Japan's Waseda University conducted research into the restoration of Can Chanh Palace as well as some works damaged in wartime. What make Can Chanh Palace different from other ones are the patterns, motifs, and poems from the kings as well as mandarins under Nguyen Dynasty, which were engraved on its body. To date, the research and collections of documents are relatively … [Read more...]

Discover ancient capital city of Hue

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VietNamNet would like to introduce to our readers-- must-come destinations in the ancient capital city of Hue, a famous tourist city in Vietnam. 1. Hue Citadel Hue has chosen to be the capital city of the Southern Kingdom by all Nguyen Lords and officially became the capital under Tay Son'reign. For approximately 400 years, Hue has become a great landscape and architectural site. Hue's royal complex has been officially recognized by the UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Situated on the Northern bank of the Perfume River, with an area of 500 ha and a system of three circles of ramparts, namely from outside to inside: Kinh Thanh (Capital Citadel), Hoang Thanh (Royal Citadel) and Tu Cam Thanh (Forbidden Citadel). The Ngu Binh Mountain in the South is used as a front screening elevation. The Con Hen and Con Da Vien (both are sand dunes) on the Perfume River are chosen as a geomancy condition "dragon on the left, tiger on the right" to protect the capital city. The construction of … [Read more...]

Melodious delight

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Taking a trip aboard an imperial boat while listening to traditional folk songs is the best way to spend the evening on the dreamlike beauty of Hue's Perfume River. Having often waved farewell to many older family members as they headed off for a holiday in Hue, which they consider to have historical significance, we decided to disregard the views of many young people that Hue is quiet and boring and take a trip to the old imperial city to see for ourselves. … [Read more...]

HCM City gets miniature taste of Hue

To give Hue natives in the City a little reminder of home, one man has built a minature model of the Imperial town. Tourists eager to catch a glimpse of Hue's imperial city in the central region no longer need to set foot there, but can see the World Cultural Heritage site complete with life-like models just 20km away from downtown HCM City. A half-hour's motorbike ride from the city centre will bring you to Ngu Lam Vien, a miniature version of Hue created by Nguyen Thanh Tung in his garden in Long Binh Ward, District 9. In homage to the city of his childhood, the 37-year-old Tung spent five years beginning in 2002 working on the miniature world. He scaled the 500-ha Hue ancient complex down to a 1,000sq.m, reproducing each of the architectural structures and natural settings as vividly as they appear in real life. With the Huong (Perfume) River as the main axis, the miniature structures line the river banks. The highlight is the Citadel, which is surrounded by three fortress … [Read more...]