Not packed in a bus. Not herded with a group. Self guided walk is the SAFEST way to sightsee while observing SOCIAL DISTANCING!

Hue Introduction Walk (Self Guided), Hue

To to get the maximum of your stay in Hue, take time to discover its beautiful historical sites dating back to when the city was the seat of the Nguyen imperial dynasty and also the capital of Vietnam (until 1945). This self-guided walk includes a number of historic sites, such as the Imperial City, palaces and shrines, as well as the Forbidden Purple City (former imperial residence), among other interesting sights. Partially destroyed during the Vietnam war, the complex is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has been partially restored. Finish your tour with a stop at the beautiful, neon-lit Truong Tien Bridge, followed by the top New City attraction – Le Loi Street.
How it works: Download the app "GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities" from iTunes App Store or Google Play to your mobile phone or tablet. The app turns your mobile device into a personal tour guide and its built-in GPS navigation functions guide you from one tour stop to next. The app works offline, so no data plan is needed when traveling abroad.

Download The GPSmyCity App

Download 'GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities' app for IOS   Download 'GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities' app for Android

Hue Introduction Walk Map

Guide Name: Hue Introduction Walk
Guide Location: Vietnam » Hue (See other walking tours in Hue)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 13
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.1 Km or 2.5 Miles
Author: nataly
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Nghinh Lương Đình (Luong Dinh Welcome Pavilion)
  • Phu Văn Lâu (Phu Van Lau)
  • Cửa Quảng Đức (Quang Duc Gate)
  • Cửu Vị Thần Công (Nine Holy Cannons of Nguyen Dynasty)
  • Kỳ đài (Flag Tower)
  • Forbidden Purple City
  • Cửa Ngọ Môn (Noon Gate)
  • Điện Thái Hoà (The Palace of Supreme Harmony)
  • Thái Bình Lâu (Royal Reading Pavilion)
  • Cửa Hòa Bình (Peace Gate)
  • Bảo tàng Mỹ thuật Cung đình Huế (Royal Fine Arts Museum of Hue)
  • Truong Tien Bridge
  • Lê Lợi (Le Loi Street)
1
Nghinh Lương Đình (Luong Dinh Welcome Pavilion)

1) Nghinh Lương Đình (Luong Dinh Welcome Pavilion)

Nghinh Lương Đình (Luong Dinh Welcome Pavilion) was built in 1852 as a rest place for the Emperor while fishing. It situated on the Perfume River shore just opposite the Phu Van Lau. The pavilion is brick with a tiled roof, and from the pavilion to the water are 13 steps. Recently Luong Dinh Welcome Pavilion was restored and today can be admired by anyone. From here opens a great view on the Perfume River.
2
Phu Văn Lâu (Phu Van Lau)

2) Phu Văn Lâu (Phu Van Lau)

Phu Văn Lâu (Phu Van Lau) was built in 1819 under the reign of Emperor Gia Long and was used as a place for announcing the Emperor’s important edicts or the results of examinations held by the court. In 1829 the square in front of it was the site for battles held between elephants and tigers, and Phu Van Lau was where the Emperor watched the fights. Phu Van Lau is a two story construction, and in front of it are situated two small brass cannons facing each other.
3
Cửa Quảng Đức (Quang Duc Gate)

3) Cửa Quảng Đức (Quang Duc Gate)

Cửa Quảng Đức (Quang Duc Gate) is the west gate that leads to the Imperial building and it was built in 1804. In order to enter the gate you have to walk on the Ho Thanh Bridge over the moat that surrounds the Imperial City. There is only a one way road for the vehicles that leads outside the Citadel, and in order to get in you have to use the Ngan Gate. The Quang Duc Gate was slightly damaged during the war but it is in use.
4
Cửu Vị Thần Công (Nine Holy Cannons of Nguyen Dynasty)

4) Cửu Vị Thần Công (Nine Holy Cannons of Nguyen Dynasty) (must see)

Cửu Vị Thần Công (Nine Holy Cannons) are a famous landmark of Hue and a symbol of the Nguyen’s Dynasty grandeur. The cannons are also named “Nine Gods” and they were manufactured in 1803 and 1804 at the request of Emperor Gia Long. Today they are considered masterpieces of bronze art. Originally the cannons were placed at the main entrance to the Imperial City, at the Moon Gate, but during the reign of Emperor Khai Dinh they were moved to their current location, on both sides of the Flag Tower. Each cannon is 5.1 m in length and weighs about 17,000 pounds. On each cannon its weight is engraved. Four cannons are named after the seasons and the others are named after the five main elements (metal, wood, water, fire, and earth). The cannons were never in use; they are only symbolically protecting the Imperial City.
5
Kỳ đài (Flag Tower)

5) Kỳ đài (Flag Tower) (must see)

Kỳ đài (Flag Tower) is an architectural monument located in the south part of the Imperial City, in front of the Moon Gate. It was built in 1807 and then enlarged in 1831. During the war, it was completely destroyed several times, and in 1949 it was rebuilt for the last time. Its flagpole is 37 meters high and is the highest in all of Vietnam. This 3-story construction is also the largest flag tower monument.
6
Forbidden Purple City

6) Forbidden Purple City (must see)

Forbidden Purple City is said to be built after the project of the Forbidden City in Beijing. Nowadays haplessly most of the Forbidden Purple City stands completely damaged, due to the Tet Offensive; the spared remains are a wistful recall of the huge buildings that once stood there. Today the city is one of the UNESCO sites and the remaining buildings and those that escaped complete destruction have been lovingly restored.
7
Cửa Ngọ Môn (Noon Gate)

7) Cửa Ngọ Môn (Noon Gate) (must see)

Cửa Ngọ Môn (Noon Gate) is the most important of the five gates that lead to the Imperial City which was used only by Emperors, while the servants entered through other two gates, situated on the left and right sides of the Noon Gate. The U-shape gate is 5.2 meters tall at its highest point and is a two-story construction, where the pavilion on the second floor was only for the Emperor’s seat. Unfortunately the Noon Gate was almost destroyed during the war, but due to great work done by the restoration team you can admire this architectural masterpiece today.
8
Điện Thái Hoà (The Palace of Supreme Harmony)

8) Điện Thái Hoà (The Palace of Supreme Harmony) (must see)

Điện Thái Hoà (The Palace of Supreme Harmony) is situated just after the Cửa Ngọ Môn (Noon Gate) on the most important court of the Citadel- Sân Đại Triều Nghi (Esplanade of Great Salutation). It was built in 1806 by Emperor Gia Long for his coronation. The Noon Gate was connected to the Palace of Supreme Harmony by Trung Dào (Central Path) bridge for the highest security. The The Palace of Supreme Harmony is located before the main entrance to the Forbidden Purple City which was only for the Emperor and his family.
9
Thái Bình Lâu (Royal Reading Pavilion)

9) Thái Bình Lâu (Royal Reading Pavilion) (must see)

Thái Bình Lâu (Royal Reading Pavilion) is a two-story wooden building located in the northeast area of the Forbidden Purple City. The Royal Reading Pavilion was constructed between 1919 and 1921 during the reign of Emperor Khải Định. This house, which is 9.55m high, has a thatched roof that represents yin and yang. Also of great interest are the gorgeous gold enamel decorations on the roof. The Royal Reading Pavilion remained almost intact during the war and today its doors are open for tourists.
10
Cửa Hòa Bình (Peace Gate)

10) Cửa Hòa Bình (Peace Gate)

Cửa Hòa Bình (Peace Gate) is located in the north part of the Imperial City. It is the only gate that leads directly from Hue Citadel to the Forbidden Purple City. The gate was built in 1804 under the reign of Gia Long together with the biggest part of the Imperial City’s constructions. It was called the “praying gate” but in 1833 it was changed to the “peace gate.” The gate was seriously damaged during the war and was completely restored in 2004.
11
Bảo tàng Mỹ thuật Cung đình Huế (Royal Fine Arts Museum of Hue)

11) Bảo tàng Mỹ thuật Cung đình Huế (Royal Fine Arts Museum of Hue) (must see)

Bảo tàng Mỹ thuật Cung đình Huế (Royal Fine Arts Museum of Hue) was founded in 1885 and was situated in the Emperor’s residence. However, in 1909 it moved to its present spot. The museum exhibits pottery and chinaware collections, as well as the Emperor’s personal objects, and is entirely dedicated to the Nguyen Dynasty. The museum’s building is also of great interest as it is a one story wooden building that was erected in 1845.
12
Truong Tien Bridge

12) Truong Tien Bridge (must see)

There several bridges situated on the Huong Stream, but just Truong Tien Brigde was chosen as a symbol of Hue town. The metalwork bridge Trang Tien in the east of the Capital started to be erected in 1897 and was finished in 1899. The arch is about 400m long of 6 spans". It was affected by a horrible typhoon in 1904, which left 6 spans of the bridge broken. The bridge was rebuilt in 1906. Since then the Truong Tien Bridge has been repaired many times again.
13
Lê Lợi (Le Loi Street)

13) Lê Lợi (Le Loi Street)

Le Loi Street lies along the Perfume River’s shore and it starts from a bridge and ends at the other. A walk on this street will allow you to admire the river while you are shopping. Here are situated many souvenir shops, bookstores and art galleries, and you’ll also find a great number of restaurants and bars. You’ll be fascinated by the wooden miniatures, painted silk, fantastic reproductions made by talented local artists as you get closer to the culture of this enigmatic country.

Walking Tours in Hue, Vietnam

Create Your Own Walk in Hue

Create Your Own Walk in Hue

Creating your own self-guided walk in Hue is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Shopping in Hue

Shopping in Hue

Hue attracts tourists with its architectural landmarks, but it also offers an unforgettable shopping experience. Shopping in this wonderful city is an excellent opportunity to get closer to the Vietnamese culture and its traditions. In Hue you will find a great variety of local crafts and souvenirs that should be on your shopping list. Take the following walking tour to visit the most popular...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.8 Km or 3 Miles
Imperial City Walking Tour in Hue, Part I

Imperial City Walking Tour in Hue, Part I

The Imperial City is a World Heritage Site protected by UNESCO and is the most prominent landmark of Hue as well as all of Vietnam. The Imperial City is situated within the Hue Citadel and hosts a wonderful collection of oriental architecture. It was founded in 1804 by the Emperor Gia Long for the royal family and completed in 1832 during the reign of Emperor Ming Mang. Take the following walking...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.1 Km or 0.7 Miles
Imperial City Walking Tour in Hue, Part II

Imperial City Walking Tour in Hue, Part II

Imperial City is Hue's famous landmark that was founded in 1804. It is situated within the Hue Citadel. Here are located many temples for worshiping the deceased Emperors and members of their families. Inside the Imperial city was built the Forbidden Purple City where only members of the royal family were allowed. The Imperial City is protected by UNESCO and as a result many buildings that...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.6 Km or 1 Miles