History meets modern Vietnam in this riverside city.
A city separated by the Perfume River, Hué was once the capital of Vietnam and the imperial seat of the Ngyuen Dynasty. Connected by the Tran Tieng Bridge, this popular tourist destination is a living example of modernity meeting antiquity.
Lying on the west bank of the river, the impressive and peaceful Imperial City draws curious eyes from across the globe — offering a striking, albeit faded, reminder of the grandeur of royalty past — while along the east side, the winding, tightly-knit streets of the contemporary city centre offer their own delights.
In the east one can find vibrant night life, cute cafes and a variety of restaurants catered to all tastes. Also in the west, about a 15-minute walk from the Imperial City, lies the Dong Ba Market. As dark and cluttered as the Imperial City is sprawling and grand, the market offers a look into life as modern Vietnamese know it.
Now that you have seen contemporary Hué, learn a little about the city’s history.