Hue was the capital of Vietnam, the feudal sovereignty, from 1744 when the Nguyen lords controlled all of southern Vietnam from the city. The dynasty of the Nguyen family lasted (in theory) from 1802, when Nguyen Anh defeated rebels to control the city, until 1945, when the last emperor abdicated. The city was severely damaged in the 1968 Tet offensive during the American war, when house-to-house fighting lasted for weeks, but many architectural gems remain and are well worth a visit.
This small and quiet сity is justly famed for the magnificent architecture of it citadels, palaces, royal tombs, pagodas and temples built under Nguyen dynasty in an elegant verdant setting on the bank of the Perfume River. UNESCO has labeled Hue “a beautiful architectural poem”. Like Halong Bay to the north, the complex of tombs, pagodas and palaces throughout Hue and its surrounds have earned it a place in UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites.