Hue Imperial City Walking Tour

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Start time: 09:00 & 14:00
Lac Thien Restaurant, 6 Dinh Tien Hoang street
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What You'll Experience in the Hue Imperial City Walking Tour

Discover the Nguyen Dynasty Legacy on our small group tour of Hue Imperial City and Purple Forbidden City. With limited time, it’s essential to have a great guide and a comprehensive learning experience.

Our 3-hour Walking Tour is designed to maximize your time and provide a fascinating insight into Vietnam’s history. Explore the most unique sights of the Imperial City, including The Phoenix Tower, The Hall of the Supreme, and the stunning Museum of Antiquities. Learn about the founding father of the Nguyen Dynasty, Gia Long Emperor, and the 12 other Emperors that followed. Immerse yourself in Vietnam’s rich heritage and culture through art, architecture, and history.

Choose between a small group or a private tour for an exclusive experience. Our small group tours offer a relaxed walk through the main sights with plenty of time to take pictures and soak up the history.

Book now to discover the fascinating history and beauty of Hue Imperial City and Purple Forbidden City with our expert guides.

What Walking Tour of Hue Imperial City to Choose From?

Private Tour
USD 32 Per Person


  • Experience stress-free pick-up and drop-off services from your hotel in Hue center at a time of your choice.
  • Enjoy your visit to the destination with your family without any rush.
  • Excluding Entrance Fee (250,000 VND per person)
Small Group Tour at 9 am & 2 pm
USD 27 Per Person


  • Join other fellow guests, meet up at Lac Thien restaurant, 6 Dinh Tien Hoang Street.
  • Excluding Entrance Fee (250,000 VND per person)

Sights to See on a Walking Tour of Hue Imperial City

Lau Ngu Phung

The iconic Phoenix Tower or Lau Ngu Phung, a five-storied tower built during the Nguyen Dynasty, stands as a remarkable testament to the grandeur of Hue’s royal heritage.

Cua Ngo Mon

The Ngo Mon Gate, also known as the “Noon Gate”, was the main entrance for the emperors to the Imperial City and the Forbidden Purple City. It features the impressive Thai Hoa Palace and its breathtaking Throne Hall just beyond.

Dien Thai Hoa

Thai Hoa Palace, is the largest and most impressive palace in the Hue Imperial City, boasts a magnificent golden throne, royal dragon emblems, and a rich history of important Imperial court ceremonies.

Ngai Vang or The King Throne

The King’s Throne, an iconic national treasure located at the heart of the Thai Hoa Palace, boasts an incredible legacy spanning generations of Nguyen Dynasty monarchs. This is a sight that must not be missed on your visit to Hue.

The To Mieu

The To Mieu is an ornate temple in the southwest corner of the Imperial City. It is a significant historical and cultural landmark that houses altars for 10 emperors and nine dynastic urns, serving as a tribute to the deceased kings of Vietnam’s Nguyen Dynasty.

Cuu Dinh

The Cuu Dinh is a collection of nine magnificent bronze urns crafted by Hue artisans. They stand as a testament to the power and longevity of the Nguyen dynasty and are recognized as a world documentary heritage.

Cung Dien Tho and Cung Truong Sanh

Built in 1804, Cung Dien Tho served as a home for the mothers and grandmothers of the kings. It offers visitors the chance to admire the largest front screen in Hue, explore a Buddhist temple, browse a souvenir shop, relax in a cafe by a serene lotus pond, and marvel at lavish furniture and utensils.

Hue Museum of Royal Antiquities

The Hue Museum of Royal Antiquities houses an impressive collection of artifacts, including royal clothing, porcelain, and furniture, providing visitors with a glimpse into the customs and traditions of the era. This museum is a must-visit for anyone interested in history, art, and culture.

  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off are available only for the private tour. We recommend you book a private tour if you are traveling with children or having walking issues. 
  • For the standard tour please meet at Lac Thien restaurant at 09:00 am (the restaurant is known for Banh Khoai – Hue’s delicious savory pancake). 
  • Wear appropriate clothing – shoulders and knees covered, comfortable shoes, a hat
  • Bring plenty of water – it can get hot in the summer!
  • We can provide a conical hat and poncho depending on the weather 
  • Don’t forget your camera – there are plenty of beautiful sights to photograph
  • Walking distance will be around 3km – make sure you have comfortable walking shoes and are happily walking this distance 
  • Hue Citadel entrance is free
  • Hue Imperial City entrance fee is:
    • Adult: 200,000 VND
    • Child above 12 years old: 40,000 VND
  • Hue Museum of Antiquities entrance fee is:
    • Adult: 50,000 VND
    • Child under 12: Free of charge

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Gerard R

Solo Traveller

Great Tour in Hue Imperial City
I can only agree to other ratings about this citadel tour.
My was my guide, she is really friendly and in every sense a perfect guide. She did this tour interesting and pleasent, here English is very good, for sure better than mine. As I was the only guest, there were plenty opportunieties for questions, that she was all able to answear, really impressive knowledge.

The imperial city is definitly worth a visit, and this tour helps to get the background of all the things to see and the history of Hue. The length of the tour was perfectly designed, including possibilities of breaks if needed.

I recommend booking this tour!

February 6, 2023

Naty Sams

Couple Traveller

Best Hue city tour
We booked with Bee Bee Travel agency the tour for visiting the Imperial city of Hue, which it was fantastic. Our guide Linh know a lot about all the history of Vietnam and their several wars, dynasty, emperors… really interesting!
Linh came to our hotel to pick us up to go to the Citadel. We did the morning tour, starting from 8:30h to 11:30h more or less.
We highly recommend this tour with Bee Bee Travel!

October 24, 2019

Paul KM

Couple Traveller

Imperial city walking tour
Great walking tour with Bee Bee Travel. Ended up being a private tour with just the two of us and our guide who gave us some great insights into the history of the imperial palace and Vietnam. Easily the best tour we’ve had so far in Vietnam! Thanks a million!

October 18, 2019

Toon Minh

Family Traveller

Super guide in incredible scenery
We had a very nice experience with out tour guide Nguyen at the Imperial City. She speaks very good English, knows a lot of details and interesting facts about the citadel and is very willing to answer any question. It probably isn’t the cheapest tour, but it was worth the money!

October 3, 2019

Luke Carsons

Family Traveller

A great way to understand so much more about the Imperial City site. It’s huge, and without a guide I think you’d be wasting a lot of your time. Our guide “Tomato” was informative and very personable.

June 12, 2019
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