The ticket prices for museums, the Hon Chen and An Dinh palaces and the tombs of Dong Khanh and Thieu Tri Kings will rise from VND22,000 ($1.1) to VND40,000 ($2) for foreigners and VND10,000 ($0.5) to VND30,000 ($1.5) for locals.
Deputy Director of the Center for Reservation of Hue Relics, Mr. Phan Thanh Hai, says that the current ticket prices for foreigners have been applied since 1993, while the prices for Vietnamese tourists have been listed since 2006. Meanwhile, the ticket prices other world heritage sites in Vietnamat--like the Ha Long Bay, the ancient town of Hoi An, etc. have increased in Vietnam tour packages.
Hai says that the increase is reasonable. “The ticket for foreign visitors is VND55,000, equivalent to $5 in 1993, but it will increase to VND80,000 only, equivalent to $4 at present,” he analyzes.
“We have restored relics, built new toilets and put tramcars into operation in order to better serve tourists,” Hai says. Hue’s facts and figures:
Between 1802 and 1945, it was the imperial capital of the Nguyen dynasty. It is well known for its monuments and architecture.
Hue is one place which has many cultural heritages. Up until now, there is no place like Hue-- retaining a lot of original historical vestiges, as in this ancient Capital City.
On the Northern bank of the Perfume River there are relics consisting of palaces, which were constructed as arc defensive ramparts with 11km length. This valuable construction includes more than 100 architectural works, which were extremely reflective of the lives of Emperors and mandarins under Nguyen’ reign.
The ticket price to the ancient citadel of Hue will double as of April 16, announced by Thua Thien-Hue provincial authorities. The price for foreign visitors to get into the royal palace, the tombs of Tu Duc, Minh Mang and Khai Dinh Kings will increase from VND55,000 ($2.2) to VND80,000 ($4) per person, and from VND35,00($1.5) to VND50,000 ($2.5) for Vietnam tourists.
Situated in the middle of hills on the Southern bank of Perfume River are very beautiful tombs of Nguyen Kings. Among these tombs are the four famous ones with the name and the arrangements of the tomb reflected of each Emperor’s points of view, personality, and tastes. This is majestic Gia Long tomb, imposing Minh Mang tomb, poetic Tu Duc tomb and magnificent Khai Dinh tomb.
Hue is also an important center of Buddhism. In Hue and its surroundings still exist tens of pagodas constructed more 300 years ago, and a hundred of temples and pagodas built in the early century.
Besidesthis, Hue is a place where the royal music is originated by Vietnam tours, and a place with traditional famous dishes and sophisticated handicraft.
As a unique city of Vietnam still remains its form of City under Middle Age and the constructions of monarchic, Hue has become a big and an invaluable museum. Therefore, vestiges in Hue ancient capital have been classified by the government as a very precious property and on December 1993 Hue has been recognized as a World Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO.