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The Past Glory

Thien Mu Pagoda is about 3 km from Hue, on the banks of the Perfume River. This Mahayana Buddhist temple is a peaceful place to spend time. It's the oldest monastery in Hue, dating back to the 17th century. It is octagonal seven tier stupa, which has long been regarded as the symbol of Hue. The best way to get to Thien Mu Pagoda is by a leisurely cruise along the Perfume River. The sanctuary itself is an impressive monument overlooking the Perfume River and offers a good view of the area. Then continue on to the Royal Citadel & the Imperial City, the past glory of Hue. Emperor Gia Long modeled the Royal Citadel on the Forbidden City in Beijing, China. The Royal Citadel is composed of three walled enclosures, each within the other; a city within a city. Visit the Imperial City, which housed the palaces, pavilions, civil and religious ceremonies and official audiences with the civil mandarins. Then visit the Forbidden Purple City, located within the Imperial City, was the royal palace used only by the imperial family. This part of the Imperial City suffered the most extensive damage during the Vietnam War and little remains of the original structures; today there are just ruins. Thien Mu Pagoda is about 3 km from Hue, on the banks of the Perfume River. This Mahayana Buddhist temple is a peaceful place to spend time. It's the oldest monastery in Hue, dating back to the 17th century. It is octagonal seven tier stupa, which has long been regarded as the symbol of Hue. The best way to get to Thien Mu Pagoda is by a leisurely cruise along the Perfume River. The sanctuary itself is an impressive monument overlooking the Perfume River and offers a good view of the area. T Meeting/pick-up point: Pick-up at hotels in Hue. Duration: 3 hours. Start/opening time: At 9am or 1.30pm. Languages: English speaking guide.