Hue is the capital city of Thừa Thiên–Huế Province and the former imperial capital of Vietnam during the Nguyễn dynasty until 1945. Due to its location near the border between the Republic of Vietnam and North Vietnam the city suffered significant damages structurally and culturally during the Vietnam War.
Hue’s historic monuments are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites and despite being neglected by the Vietnamese Communist Party after the war today many historical areas are being restored. The complex history of this city has made it a political, cultural and religious hub. Here Buddhism is more prominent than in the rest of Vietnam, with more monasteries than anywhere else.
The city lies on the banks of Huong River, also known as Perfume River. Several monuments including the tombs of several emperors and pagodas as well as many French-style buildings are located along the riverside and surroundings.
Hue is a beautiful city with an extensive number of things to do and see. The atmosphere reflects the glorious past of a city that once was home to Lords and Emperors. Nowadays Hue is making its come back as a flourishing metropolis with more and better places to stay and fantastic restaurants where to be delighted by the local cuisine.