SECRETS OF HUE, VIETNAM
Start exploring Hue’s Imperial City at Ngo Mon (South) Gate, a Ushaped brick and stone edifice topped by the Five Phoenix Pavilion above. Once through, a wonderland of palaces, pavilions and temples beckons. Much of the Imperial City was destroyed by fire in 1947 and by war in 1968, but many buildings have been restored.
Ride upstream along the north bank of the Perfume River, or Huong (Fragrance) River as it’s known by locals, to Thien Mu (Heavenly Lady) Pagoda, perhaps Vietnam’s most illustrious pagoda. It stands high above the river, with wondrous views to the mountains and setting sun.
GARDEN DISTRICT NOODLES
The district of Kim Long offers several good eateries, including popular Huyen Anh where the bun thit nuong, is renowned for its grilled pork served over cold rice noodles with fresh herbs. Hue is also known for its bun bo hue, a soup with rice vermicelli and beef. Tips from Hue historian Phan Thuan An