The highlight in the Hue imperial city is Kinh Thanh (the Capital Citadel), Hoang Thanh (the Royal Citadel or Imperial City) and Tu Cam Thanh (the Forbidden Citadel) clustered together, symmetrically placed along the longitudinal axis and facing to the south. The system of walls and palaces combines sophisticatedly both Eastern and Western architectural styles and is Hue imperial city placed in natural harmony with Ngu Binh Mount, Perfume River, Gia Vien and Boc Thanh islets… In the distance, to the west of the Capital Citadel are the famous royal tombs and temples of Kings Nguyen distinguished by unique characteristics.
Hoang Thanh (the Royal Citadel or Imperial City)
Royal citadel and purple Forbidden City are collectively referred to as the Royal Palace. The Royal Citadel is home to the most important rites and political agencies of the court and temples. The Purple Forbidden City is the working and living place of the king and imperial family, which is strictly protected. The Royal Palace is includes the following architectural structures: the Southern Main Gate Ngo Mon, Thai Hoa temple and theater for ceremonies.
- The Mieu is the place worshiping Nguyen dynasty kings with Cuu Dinh.
- Dien Tho temple and Truong Sanh temple are the living place of the Queen Mother and Mother of Queen Mother.
- Home Affairs Palace is the place of storing precious items, and manufacturing royal appliances.
- Co Ha Garden and Kham Van temple is the place where princes study and play.
- Purple Forbidden City: Can Chanh temple (living place of the king), Ta Vu and Huu Vu, Vac Dong, Duyet Thi Duong (theater), Thai Binh Lau (king library).
Relics in the imperial city
Ky Dai, Quoc Tu Giam, Long An temple, Fine Arts Museum of Hue Imperial Palace, Phu Xuan temple, Tinh Tam lake, library, Important and Secret Institute – Tam Tao, Dan Xa Tac.
Relics outside the imperial city
Mausoleum of Gia Long, Minh Mang, Thieu Tri, Tu Duc, Dong Khanh and Khai Dinh.
Tran Binh Dai, Phu Van Lau, Thuong Bac Palace, Temple of Literature, Temple of Martial Arts, Dan Nam Giao, Ho Quyen, Hon Chen temple, Thien Mu pagoda, Bao Quoc pagoda, Tu Hieu pagoda, An Dinh Palace.
Nowadays, the ancient capital of Hue still preserves the tangible and intangible cultural heritage containing symbolic values of Vietnamese intelligence and soul.
Hue was recognized as a World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO on December 11, 1993 for its architectural relics and beauty.