Hue citadel-Stunning old Imperial City

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Imperial City

Hue Imperial City was built 200 years ago, from 1805 to 1832. Before building, it was researched for 3 years in order to find the best ways to have a good foundation and architecture. The castle passed many dynasties and war time but still remains ancient architectures, histories and deep cultures. Hue Imperial City has 10 gates, 18 Outer and Inner courses, 2 pavilions and other architectural structures.When visiting Hue Imperial City, you should spend at least half of a day to have a general glance or spend a full day having

When visiting Hue Imperial City, you should spend at least half of a day to have a general glance or spend a full day having more detailed perspective. If you discover the castle by yourself, it is suggested that you should read the history in advance to understand the deep meaning of what you will see in the castle. Even traveling with a tour guide, knowledge about history is necessary because the guide can give out very interesting information based on your understanding or questions.

Walk through the huge gate to the inner of the castle then reach 19/5 street to visit the center. After ticket pass, you will enter Thai Hoa Court where the King and his courts used to hold meetings. Then have a look at his gold chair in the middle of the room and many other beautiful decorations. Visit Court of King, Queen, King’s parents and other great destinations. You can try sitting on royal cart walking through tree-line street in the castle and take beautiful pictures of beauty, culture and history.

Thien Mu Pagoda

Thien Mu Pagoda is located on Huong River Bank. It is famous not only because of the beauty but also the history and the deep meaning inside. The Pagoda was first built in 1601 under Nguyen Hoang Dynasty – the first dynasty in the Center of Vietnam.

“Thien Mu” was named by the King Nguyen Hoang. The story was orally told that the King rode his horse in Hue to find a good location to make the country richer and stronger then he reached Ha Khe Hill and realized it was the very good layer of earth. He also knew the story of an old woman wearing in red silk clothes said that: “There would be a King come here and build a pagoda to keep this good layer of earth and make his country strong”. Therefore, based on the story and his fate, King Nguyen Hoang built Thien Mu Pagoda which means “The heaven mother pagoda”.

The pagoda has passed so many other dynasties and events of history but remains stable, famous till now. The clues when visiting Thien Mu Pagoda is studying the general history then you can link with other important events and see how interesting it is. If you just visit the scene and architecture, then you have seen one third of the ice berg.