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Historical and Cultural Heritage Sites In Vietnam

  • Here we detail and illustrate the major historical and cultural locations in Vietnam. Hue Complex, My Son and Hoi An are three of these and which have been declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.

Hue Forbidden City

Hue Historical Complex
  • The Hue historical complex of the Nguyen Emperors is an important location in Vietnam. The principal sites and monuments to visit are as detailed here.
  1. The Imperial City of Hue.
  2. The Mieu
  3. The Mausoleum of King Minh Mang.
  4. The Tomb of King Tu Doc.
  5. Ho Quyen Arena for the tiger and elephant fights.
  6. Thanh Toan Bridge.
  7. Gia Long Tomb.
  8. The Temple for the worship of nine Nguyen Lords ( Thai Mieu ).
  9. The Thien Mu Temple Complex.
  • Hue Complex is designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It is a very significant historical site in Southeast Asia and worthy of a visit. Below is the official UNESCO detailing of its nomination and in the sub links here we detail each of the major monuments within the complex.
  • Established as the capital of unified Viet Nam in 1802, Hué was not only the political but also the cultural and religious centre under the Nguyen dynasty until 1945. The Perfume River winds its way through the Capital City, the Imperial City, the Forbidden Purple City and the Inner City, giving this unique feudal capital a setting of great natural beauty.
  • Hué represents an outstanding demonstration of the power of the vanished Vietnamese feudal empire at its apogee in the early 19th century. The complex of monuments is an outstanding example of an eastern feudal capital and of the planning and construction of a complete defended capital city in a relatively short period. The integrity of town layout and building design make it an exceptional specimen of late feudal urban planning.
  • Hué served as the administrative centre of southern Vietnam in the 17th and 18th centuries. Gia Long, first ruler of the Nguyen dynasty, made it the national capital of united Vietnam in 1802, a position that it held until 1945. It was selected because it is situated in the geographical centre of the country and with easy access to the sea.

Hoi An Vietnam