COVID-19 alert: Travel requirements are changing rapidly, including need for pre-travel COVID-19 testing and quarantine on arrival.

Imperial City
Holiday Travel Guide

Explore Vietnam’s former seat of government to discover beautiful ancient buildings and learn about the destruction caused during the country’s major wars. 

Walk past the stunning temples and palaces enclosed in the walled area of the Imperial City. Discover the history of destruction in this famous citadel and admire the fine architecture that has escaped damage from the country’s wars.

Construction began on Hue’s famous Imperial City in 1804. Although it is no longer the seat of government, be sure to visit, because it remains one of Vietnam’s important cultural centers.

Enter the district through the impressive Ngo Mon Gate, designed to strike fear into the hearts of visiting dignitaries. The gate has also played an important part in Vietnam’s history. Emperor Bao Dai abdicated here in 1945, bringing an end to the Nguyen Dynasty.

Continue across the pretty lotus pond to the Thai Hoa Palace. Admire the ornate wooden roof, supported by 80 red marble columns. At the back of the palace, view the emperor’s throne on its elevated platform. Stop to watch the audio-visual presentation providing an interesting overview of the citadel from its creation to its partial destruction in the French and American wars.

Move to the Halls of the Mandarins directly behind the palace. Marvel at the exquisite golden Buddha and have a photo taken dressed in the clothes of Vietnamese royalty.

On the left is one of the only remaining temples in the Imperial City. Thế Mieu Temple is coated almost entirely in red and holds shrines to each of the ruling emperors. Notice tables lined with gold, holding pictures of the emperors.

Head to the triple-terraced Flag Tower on the wall overlooking the river. Stroll along the ramparts to find the nine sacred cannons. Each weighs about 11 tons (10 metric tons). Together they represent the four seasons and the five elements.

You can easily spend several hours exploring the Imperial City. If you get hungry during your visit, stop at the food stalls where you can buy tasty local snacks.

The Imperial City, in the heart of Hue, is open daily. An admission fee is charged.

Top things to do in Imperial City

Top 10 Hotels Near Imperial City

Azerai La Residence Hue
Azerai La Residence Hue
5 out of 5
5 Le Loi Street, Vinh Ninh Ward, Hue, Thua Thien-Hue
The price is RM837 per night from 4 Mar to 5 Mar

This family-friendly Hue hotel is located on the waterfront, within 1 mi (2 km) of Bao Quoc Temple and Imperial City. Hue Museum of Royal Fine Arts and Truongtien ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (184 reviews)
Meets and exceeds it's 5 star rating!

"Outstanding stay!! The staff was above and beyond friendly, helpful, and professional. The Spa was very welcoming and had wonderful service. The Hotel looked great and room was fantastic. Highly recommend and I would definitely stay again."…"

Reviewed on 23 Sep 2020

Azerai La Residence Hue
Indochine Palace
Indochine Palace
5 out of 5
105A Hung Vuong Street, Hue
The price is RM338 per night from 6 Mar to 7 Mar

Located in Hue City Centre, this luxury hotel is 0.5 mi (0.7 km) from An Dinh Palace and 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Imperial City. Truongtien Bridge and Dong Ba Market ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (297 reviews)

"Really spacious and ipressive well run hotel with an excellent restaurant. Live classical music in the lounge bar. Good poolside service. Excellent suggestions fand booking service or restaurants and guided tours."…"

Reviewed on 18 Apr 2020

Indochine Palace
To Vo Hue Hostel
To Vo Hue Hostel
2 out of 5
31A Tran Quang Khai, Hue, Thua Thien Hue
The price is RM61 per night from 5 Mar to 6 Mar

Located in Hue City Centre, this hostel is 0.8 mi (1.2 km) from Truongtien Bridge and 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Imperial City. An Dinh Palace and Dong Ba Market are ...

To Vo Hue Hostel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Popular places to visit in Imperial City

Imperial City

Top Imperial City Hotel Deals

Azerai La Residence Hue
Azerai La Residence Hue
5 out of 5
5 Le Loi Street, Vinh Ninh Ward, Hue, Thua Thien-Hue
The price is RM837 per night from 4 Mar to 5 Mar
Azerai La Residence Hue
Indochine Palace
Indochine Palace
5 out of 5
105A Hung Vuong Street, Hue
The price is RM338 per night from 6 Mar to 7 Mar
Indochine Palace
To Vo Hue Hostel
To Vo Hue Hostel
2 out of 5
31A Tran Quang Khai, Hue, Thua Thien Hue
The price is RM61 per night from 5 Mar to 6 Mar
To Vo Hue Hostel
Maison Vu Tri Vien
Maison Vu Tri Vien
3.5 out of 5
27- Kiet 110 - Nht L - Hue, Hue, Thua Thien-Hue (province)
Maison Vu Tri Vien
LUCKYSTARS Hotels
LUCKYSTARS Hotels
4 Tran Truc Nhan, Vinh Ninh, Hue, Thua Thien-Hue
LUCKYSTARS Hotels
Hue 1962 Inn
Hue 1962 Inn
3 out of 5
9/130 Dang Thai Than, Thuan Hoa, Hue
The price is RM61 per night from 3 Mar to 4 Mar
Hue 1962 Inn
Vinpearl Hotel Hue
Vinpearl Hotel Hue
5 out of 5
50A Hung Vuong, Hue
The price is RM224 per night from 4 Mar to 5 Mar
Vinpearl Hotel Hue
Colorful Hue Hostel - Adults Only
Colorful Hue Hostel - Adults Only
2 out of 5
45 Ngo Thoi Nham, Hue
The price is RM49 per night from 12 Mar to 13 Mar
Colorful Hue Hostel - Adults Only
Sake Homestay
Sake Homestay
2.5 out of 5
2/28 Vo Thi Sau, Hue, Thua Thien-Hue
Sake Homestay
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.