Hue, the former royal capital of the Nguyen empire in central Vietnam, is one of the oldest cities in the country. Set on the banks of the Perfume River, Hue is a primarily a historical city which famously houses the Imperial City (declared a World Heritage Site in 1993) within the Citadel, which acted as the seat of power of the royal family. In today's times, Hue has evolved into a budget-friendly destination with many hotels, bars and restaurants located in the areas of Pham Ngu Lao, Vo Thi Sau street and Chu Van An which together are known as the Backpacker district.
Exploration of the many buildings, temples and constructs of the Royal empire is highly recommended. Some of these historical attractions include the tombs of the royal emperors, Tu Hien Pagoda and even the famous Thien Mu Pagoda which is regarded as the official symbol of Hue. Along the Perfume River are several buildings built during the French rule, which showcase French architecture in its most elegant.
Hue is also the seat of Central Vietnamese cuisine. A significant distinction of the cuisine is that it is primarily vegetarian. This is reflected in the abundance of vegetarian restaurants which can be found throughout the city. Portions are generally small and refined, owing to the city's royal heritage. Dishes served are usually spicy too, so it is recommended that adjustments be made while placing your orders.
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