SE­CRETS OF HUE, VIET­NAM

Sunday Herald Sun - Escape - - YOUR VIEW -

IM­PE­RIAL CITY

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.

HEAV­ENLY VIEWS

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

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