Hue, formerly Phu Xuan, is a major metropolis with about 340,000 inhabitants in central Vietnam at the Hương Giang (Perfume River). Hue, which was Vietnam’s capital from 1802 to 1945, is now the capital of Thua Thien-Hue province.
The citadel with the Forbidden City, actually the palace compound of the Nguyen Dynasty, which the Vietnamese emperors from 1802 to 1945, was developed after the model in Peking. Almost every one of Hue’s top sights is part of the World Cultural Heritage: The Forbidden City, the Thien-Mu Pagoda, and the most beautiful emperors tombs. The city itself, on the other hand, is less attractive.