In the morning, we pick you up at your hotel to visit Minh Mang Tomb – Tu Duc Tomb – The most beautiful and famous tombs in Hue. Near Tu Duc Tomb we visit the Incense Stick and Conical hat Making villages
Then we take a break and enjoy free lunch on the boat.
In the afternoon, we continue on to visit the citadel and Thien Mu Pagoda where we can see the car in which Thich Quang Duc burn himself. We then take a Dragon boat Cruise for sight – seeing along the Perfume River…
HUE HERITAGE EXPLORATION TOUR) (By A/C bus and dragon Boat)
Visiting 1. Minh Mang Tomb 2. Khai Dinh Tomb 3. Martial Art of Kinh Van An 4. Tu Duc Tomb 5. Conical Hat Making and Incense stick Making Village 6. Citadel ( Not go to Citadel pick up 3.00 PM) 7. Thien Mu Pagoda Depart: 7:30 A/M Return: 4:30PM Pick up at your hotel. Inclusive: Breakfast, A/C bus, English Speaking Guide. Excluse: Entrance fees
PRIVATE CAR FOR CITY TOUR Depart and return: Up to you Pick up at your hotel. English speaking Guide: (if you want) Price: (Depend on how many places you visit and type of car or van)
Tour Itinerary: In the morning, pick up at your hotel to visit three most famous royal tombs of Hue: Minh Mang Tomb, Tu Duc Tomb and Khai Dinh Tomb.
Minh Mang tomb (Construction: 1840-1843). The king passed away as construction commenced. His successor, the Emperor Thieu Tri sought the completion of the project. The tomb consists of about 40 monuments of various sizes; all lie within an oval shaped wall with a circumference of 2000m. A walk of about 700m in length bisects the interior of the complex into two equal halves. Along it are the Salutation Court, Stele House, Sung An Temple, Minh Lau Pavilion, and the tomb itself being at the very back of the complex.
Khai Dinh (Built 1920-1931)-an example of Vietnamese "neo-classicism". Under Khai Dinh(1885-1925), Western culture and its influence began to seep into Vietnam. The king himself visited France in 1922. As a result, his tomb has many elements of Western architecture mixed with eastern art. The builder made use of the lighting rod and electricity is used to light the place. Beyond throughout the interior of the tomb, colored glass and ceramic chips were used to form mosaics of oriental design. The ceilings were hand painted much like the ceilings of western churches, but the designs were of dragons and clouds.
Tu Duc (Built 1864-1867). His tomb includes 50 monuments surrounded by a 1500m wall. The King died in 1883 after 35 years on the throne. Emperor Tu Duc was an expert in eastern philosophy, history, and literature. He left 4,000 verses and 600 proses. Being a romantic, the king ordered the construction of his tomb to be a fairyland with poetical features, making it a lifetime dream and a world for his eternal life after death. Architectural features of Tu Duc Tomb include poetry elements in free form. It was designed to blend with the natural setting of the landscape.
Not far from the Tu Duc tomb is the conical hat and Insence stick making village. When you come there, you can see how people making the hat and the insence stick. It’s not a simple work, it’s really an art.. The hat can be used as a basin or a bowl to contain water when they are thirsty, as a fan when they are hot, as a basket of a bunch of vegetables. Romantically, young couples can veil their kisses behind this traditional conical hat during their dates. As for insence stick, many religious ceremonies and spiritual purificatory rites employ incense, a practice that persists to this day. Incense is also used in medicine and for its aesthetic value. In many ceremony, people burn the incense and pray to give some massage to the death people.
Thien Mu Pagoda-Heavenly Lady Pagoda. According to legend, the people around this area used to see a vision of an old lady appearing on the hill where the pagoda now sits. Upon seeing people, she always said that someday a great leader would build a pagoda at this site to bring peace to the country. One day, when Lord Nguyen Hoang passed by this area, upon hearing the story, he ordered the construction of the pagoda in 1601. He named it Chua Thien Mu - Heavenly Lady Pagoda. The front of the Pagoda can be accessed from the Perfume river and has the Phuoc Duyen tower which can be seen from many points in Hue. In 1963, in a defying act against the Diem regime, Thich Quang Duc burned himself in downtown Saigon to denounce the Diệm government and its policy towards Buddhists, demanding that it fulfill its promises of religious equality.After approximately ten minutes, Thích Quảng Đức's body toppled forward onto the street and the fire subsided. Suprisingly, all his body was burn exept his heart. His heart is still kept until now in Xa Loi pagoda. Today, the car that took him to Saigon is stored in the rear of Thien Mu Pagoda.
After visiting those places, we take a break and enjoy lunch.In the afternoon, we continue on to visit the Citadel and Thien Mu Pagoda.
Then get the boat for a sight-seeing along the Perfume River to see fishing village and sampanon the way back. Do no miss the Sunset on the Perfume River!
Back to town at 4:30 Pm
The Citadel (Construction: 1805-1823). Based on the ancient practice of geomancy, the Citadel was designed and planned around the natural elements in the area north of the Perfume river. The complex faces southeast, taking Mount Ngu Binh as a natural screen. Two islets in the Perfume river play the role of sentinels for the Citadel as "dragon on the left, tiger on the right". There are ten gates to access the Citadel each with a two story watch tower. The gates are named according to their direction of exit. The southeastern gate is also known as Thuong Tu gate, The Eastern gate is also called Cua Dong Ba etc...The Citadel was built to accommodate 24 bastions with over 400 canons.
Spending many hours going places, you must be feel tired. Let’s take a Dragon boat Cruise for sight – seeing, enjoy the poetic beauty of the Perfume river at night . And if you want, try to become a poet.