Hue Imperial City to Open Its Gates at Night

Cultural night-time events are not common in Vietnam. The reason is simple: at night, Vietnamese prefer to sleep or – to make staying up late truly worth it – party. Western tourists and expats, however, will be excited to hear that the Imperial City of Hue is opening its gates to visitors at night starting in April 2017.

Hue’s Citadel is surely one of Vietnam’s most exciting historical sites. Home to the emperors of Vietnam’s last ruling dynasty, the Nguyen family (who reigned the country from 1802 to 1945), the walled palace was officially recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1993.

Together with the royal Nguyen tombs that are scattered around the ancient capital city, it attracts more than 3 million tourists every year.

Hue imperial city at night

Starting 22 April, visitors will be able to stroll through the impressive fortress between 7 and 10 p.m., a perfect time to avoid the region’s blazing daytime heat between May and September. The trial phase will run until 15 September 2017 as an additional option to the regular opening hours.

Night-Time Entertainment

The Hue Monuments Conservation Centre promises atmospheric lighting conditions as well as performances, giving insights into ancient traditions and rituals like the shift change of the imperial guards, musical events, religious offerings and the imperial army’s combat training.

The ticket prices for foreigners will be the same as during the day: VND 150,000 (about $6.50).

Updated: Feb. 20, 2017

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