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Three days to travel Hue

DAY 2

Cyclo tour

It is not difficult to find cyclos in Hue and a 20-minute ride around town costs around VND150,000.

They will be taken to the city’s major tourist attractions including Truong Tien Bridge, Dong Ba Market, and the Ngo Mon Gate of the Imperial Citadel.

You can buy an entry ticket for VND200,000 to the citadel, a UNESCO heritage site where the Nguyen royal family lived for more than a century from 1820 until the end of feudal rule in 1945. In 1803, King Gia Long ascended the throne and chose this land as the capital of the Nguyen court.

After 30 years of construction, the whole project of the new capital was officially completed. The citadel spreads over an area of 520 hectares and so it is best to go around in an electric shuttle bus for sightseeing.

It’s interesting that you can rent an ao dai (Vietnamese long dress) or nhat binh, a 19th-century dress worn by princesses and have photographs taken in them. Rents royal costumes for VND150,000-350,000 a day.

Tu Duc Tomb

His tomb has sophisticated architecture and a charming landscape of lakes, forests and frangipani trees where is one of the most beautiful of the Nguyen Dynasty mausoleums. Tucked under Vong Canh Hill around seven kilometers from Hue is Khiem Lang, or the Tomb of Modesty, which was built in 1864.

It initially served as a place of relaxation for King Tu Duc, the fourth Nguyen king. After he died it became his final resting place.

King Tu Duc reigned for over 36 years from 1847, the longest of any Nguyen ruler, and was childless.

Entry to the mausoleum costs VND120,000.

Thuy Xuan Incense Village is located on Huyen Tran Cong Chua Street, which is a path leading to two other famous places of Hue, Tu Duc Tomb, and Vong Canh hill. This famous traditional village is only 7 km southwest of the center which makes it quite convenient and easy for guests to find.

Thuy Xuan is the largest and oldest incense village in Hue, famous for its incense-making profession for hundreds of years. This place is not only a famous traditional handicraft village of the ancient capital with a series of “blossoming” incense installations of green, red, purple, yellow… but also an impressive tourist destination of Hue in the eyes of tourists loving the local culture.

Because the craftsmen not only pay attention to the quality of the raw materials to create the bright colors of the incense, but  also proceed very sensitively when choosing  the fragrance.

 Checking into the Thuy Xuan Incense Village, you can discover first-hand the stages of making incense by hand. Also, you will definitely have fun learning how to make an incense stick; So, learn more and learn more about people’s profession  and  daily life of people in Thuy Xuan Village.

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