Vietnam National Independence Day is a special celebration in Vietnam. Millions of Vietnamese celebrate it throughout the country with the distinctive red flags in every corners.
For visitors to Vietnam, it’s the best month to see the country from North to South while enjoying many sport and culture events in each city. As an old capital of Vietnam, Hue also competes with its neighbor cities to throw many cultural feasts for its citizen and international friends. Let’s discover what to do in Hue City on Vietnam National Independence Day!
THE ORIGIN OF VIETNAM INDEPENDENCE DAY: 2ND SEPTEMBER 1945
Before you get to explore what waits for you ahead on our National Day in Hue, let’s look back to our history and learn about how Vietnam gained our independence and from whom?
100-YEAR OF FRENCH COLONIZATION
The Vietnamese history has gone through many difficult years under the domination of France colonialist. In 1858, France navy attacked Vietnam in Danang. Viet Nam became a colony of France under the reign of Tu Duc Emperor. French later on divided Vietnam into three areas: Tonkin, Annam and Cochinchina.
France started to exploit the country by several colonist policy such as taxing on farmer’s field, excavating and transferring charcoal and metal mines to France. They also suppressed many revolts from farmers and intellectuals alike in Indochina region. At this time, the national liberation movements increased rapidly but they failed a number of time due the lacking of a unified leader group.
In 1939 when World War II broke out, France weakened themselves due to massive spending in the war. Their firm grip on Indochina region was also loosen up. In the same year, Japan and France became allies with the purpose of raising the number of their military posts and expanding colonialism all over the world. However, in early 1945, Japan ousted France in their own colony. Let Japan alone dealing with Vietnam liberation issue led by Ho Chi Minh and his comrades.
THE LAST NGUYEN EMPEROR: BAO DAI
Meanwhile, the feudal Nguyen Dynasty was being weakened after 143 years ruling Vietnam. Under the pressure of newly-established liberation party, Bảo Đại Emperor abdicated himself in the Phoenix Tower in Hue Citadel on 23 August 1945. This event made a huge impact on Vietnam Independence. The time had come for all Vietnam patriots!
On the 2nd September, in Ba Dinh Square, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam new president read out Vietnam Independence speech. The first lines of his speech paraphrased the famous second paragraph of America’s 1776 Declaration of Independence:
“All men are created equal; they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable Rights; among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness”
In its broadest sense, this means: All the peoples on the earth are equal from birth, all the peoples have a right to live, to be happy and free.
His speech marked the birth of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam and the country’s independence from France in front of thousand people in Hanoi. Hence, every year 2nd September is our Vietnam Independence Day!
WHAT TO DO IN HUE ON VIETNAM INDEPENDENCE DAY?
You should know our proud history by now, let Bee Bee Travel help you to find out what best to experience in Hue on 2nd September:
RUN WITH HUE: HUE HALF MARATHON 2018
If you want to enjoy Vietnam’s national holiday with the most cheering atmosphere, you should consider Hue Half Marathon 2018 for your time in Hue. There are 21.1km, 10km and 5km routes for you to have a wonderful morning running past scenic landscapes of Hue with over 1000 people. With the aim to promote Hue as a cultural green city and a new center of sport, Hue Half Marathon promises a great opportunity to explore the old capital Hue while keeping yourself fit as well.
More info, check out their Face Book page: Hue Half Marathon.
WATCH TRADITIONAL BOAT RACE ON PERFUME RIVER
The Boat Racing is a traditional competition of Hue. The race occurs in the early morning on the September 2nd every year on the Perfume River. It takes place annually including 8 teams with about 300 participants from many areas in Hue City. The intense and thrilling atmosphere promises to bring you a closer look to Vietnam most expected tradition.
TOUR WITH HUE: GET YOUR SPECIAL DEALS WITH BEE BEE TRAVEL
Along with Hue Half Marathon, Tour With Hue with a set of special tours by Bee Bee Travel. We designed these unique tours to Hue Half Marathon athletes and locals to learn about the rich history and culture of Hue. There are three options of Tour With Hue:
- Hue Walk of Revolution: You will learn about Hue city with 700 year-old-history during 3-hour walk. This signature tour is highly praised by our customers on TripAdvisor. It helps to make us TOP 2 COMPANY on TripAvisor as well. This time, all local residents can also learn about 700-year of Hue history and Hue during French and American War with O VND!
- Perfume River Cruise: The chance for people who love the romantic landscapes of Huong river with its stories under Feudal Era.
- Cyclo Chi Lang – Gia Hoi Ancient Town : This new tour provides you a opportunity to explore Chi Lang- Gia Hoi ancient town. It used to be a glorious trade port under Nguyen Dynasty. Sadly, not many old trace of it remained due to rapid urbanization in Hue. Beebee Travel, with a passion of reviving valuable assets of Hue, we offer this tour for locals to learn more about a beautiful trade port with distinctive features just like Hoi An Ancient Town.
More details and register at: Bee Bee Travel
VISIT THANH TRA FRUIT FESTIVAL IN THUY BIEU VILLAGE
Thanh tra (pomelo) is a speciality of Hue. It’s ranked as top 50 signature fruits of Vietnam. This year is the 6th celebration starting from the August 30th to the September 2nd.
Coming to Thanh tra the fruit festival, you will have a chance to buy the best ones from local gardens. In addition, there is food corner, craft exhibition and music performance for you to enjoy.
TOUR THE HUE CITADEL: THE MUST-DO HUE TOUR
You might find the Hue Imperial City too packed with thousands of Vietnamese visiting this historical attraction in Hue on our national day. However, it’s the best occasion to see how this place become lively with decoration. There are more restorations in hope of rebuilding parts that were destroyed during the French and American War in the Hue Citadel. Nonetheless, it should be a significant area for you to visit on Vietnam Independence Day. What is better is to visit with a local guide, you get to hear and imagine history revived as you walk.
Our Hue Imperial City Tour starts everyday at 08:30 and 15:00 in summer time, price is $15/ person. Check out, Hue Walk of Imperial City | Vietnam during Nguyen Feudal Era.
DRINK BEERS AND MINGLE WITH LOCALS IN HUE WALKING STREET
In Vietnam, people usually join together and celebrate their holiday with loads of beers. After taking part in some events we mentioned above, what could be better than to cheer with locals in many trendy pubs in Hue Walking Street? Happy National Day in Hue and “một hai ba dô!”
Stay tuned for more exciting events in Hue!
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