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Imperial City Walking Tour in Hue, Part I (Self Guided), Hue

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 tour to admire all the beautiful temples, pavilions and tombs of the Imperial City of Hue.
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Imperial City Walking Tour in Hue, Part I Map

Guide Name: Imperial City Walking Tour in Hue, Part I
Guide Location: Vietnam » Hue (See other walking tours in Hue)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.1 Km or 0.7 Miles
Author: nataly
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Cửa Chương Đức (Chuong Duc Gate)
  • Hưng Tổ Miếu (Temple of the Resurrection)
  • Thế Tổ Miếu (Temple of the Generations)
  • Cửu Đỉnh (The Nine Dynastic Urns)
  • Hiển Lâm Các (Pavilion of the Glorious Coming)
  • Cửa Ngọ Môn (Noon Gate)
  • Điện Thái Hoà (The Palace of Supreme Harmony)
  • Triệu Miếu (Trieu Temple)
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Cửa Chương Đức (Chuong Duc Gate)

1) Cửa Chương Đức (Chuong Duc Gate)

Cửa Chương Đức (Chuong Duc Gate) is one of the five gates than allow entrance to the Imperial City from the Citadel. It was built in 1804. The gate leads to the southwest part of the city, right to the Hưng Tổ Miếu (Temple of the Resurrection). Thought it is not the main gate, it is the most beautiful one as it underwent a complete restoration. Today you can admire the beauty of this architectural masterpiece that will impress you with a huge number of unique details.
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Hưng Tổ Miếu (Temple of the Resurrection)

2) Hưng Tổ Miếu (Temple of the Resurrection)

The temple is situated opposite to the Thế Tổ Miếu (Temple of the Generations), near to the Cửa Chương Đức (Chuong Duc Gate). The original Hưng Tổ Miếu (Temple of the Resurrection) was built in 1804with the purpose of worshiping Nguyễn Phúc Luân and his wife Nguyễn Thị Hoàn (the parents of the Emperor Gia Long). Unfortunately, the temple was almost completely destroyed during the wars. What you see today is a completely rebuilt construction that was completed in 1951.
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Thế Tổ Miếu (Temple of the Generations)

3) Thế Tổ Miếu (Temple of the Generations)

Thế Tổ Miếu (Temple of the Generations) was built in 1821 by Emperor Minh Mang to worship 10 Emperors from the Nguyen Dynasty. The temple is located in the west part of the main Cửa Ngọ Môn (Noon Gate), between Hiển Lâm Các (Pavilion of the Glorious Coming) and Hưng Tổ Miếu (Temple of the Resurrection). During all ceremonies held inside the temple, women were forbidden to enter. In 1959 three more altars dedicated to Emperors Hàm Nghi, Thành Thái và Duy Tân were added to the seven existing altars. Thế Tổ Miếu (Temple of the Generations) was only slightly damaged during the war so today you can admire the construction as it was originally built.
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Cửu Đỉnh (The Nine Dynastic Urns)

4) Cửu Đỉnh (The Nine Dynastic Urns) (must see)

The Nine Dynastic Urns are located between Hiển Lâm Các and Thái Tổ Miếu in the Imperial City. Each urn symbolizes one dynasty of Vietnam’s Emperors, from the To Cao Emperor to the Huyen Emperor. All of the Dynastic urns are made from bronze. On each of them are engraved the 17 most important authentic Vietnamese symbols of mountains, oceans, stars and more, which together reveal the history of the country. Each urn is unique and differs from others by its weight, height and ornaments.
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Hiển Lâm Các (Pavilion of the Glorious Coming)

5) Hiển Lâm Các (Pavilion of the Glorious Coming) (must see)

Hiển Lâm Các (Pavilion of the Glorious Coming) was built during one year since 1821-1822 during Emperor Minh Mang. The Pavilion of the Glorious Coming is a memorial to the Nguyen Dynasty. Because of its very important meaning, this building at 17 meters high was the highest construction in the entire Citadel. The pavilion has 3 floors. The front stairs are divided into 3 sections and each has 9 steps, the middle one being reserved only for the Emperor. Of great interest are the well-preserved hand rails that were engraved in shape of a dragon. The Pavilion of the Glorious Coming is one of the best preserved buildings in the Imperial City.
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Cửa Ngọ Môn (Noon Gate)

6) 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.
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Điện Thái Hoà (The Palace of Supreme Harmony)

7) 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.
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Triệu Miếu (Trieu Temple)

8) Triệu Miếu (Trieu Temple)

Triệu Miếu (Trieu Temple) is situated at the southeast part of the Imperial City, near Cửa Hiền Nhơn (Hien Nhon Gate). The temple was built for the worship of Trieu To and his wife, the first ancestors of the Nguyen Dynasty. It was erected in 1804. The temple was seriously damaged during the war and its restoration was possible only in 1984. Today it is a fine example of Vietnamese architecture of the 19th century.

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