Thuong Thanh Hue, the rampart surrounding the Imperial City, has become a popular attraction for tourists to Thua Thien-Hue Province in central Vietnam since it was opened to visitors during Tet (Lunar New Year).
Attractive walkway on the Hue Citadel rampart
Young travelers have recently been spreading the news about a new and free-of-charge tourist site in Hue: a walkway on the Hue Citadel rampart.
|A walkway on the rampart surrounding the Imperial City in Hue is now open to tourists, making the place a hot spot for travel in Hue. Photo: Nhat Linh / Tuoi Tre|
The one-kilometer-long walkway stretches from a parking lot near Ngan Gate to Quang Duc Gate.
From the parking lot, tourists can climb the stairs beside a warehouse containing gunpowder and bullets -- dating back to the Nguyen Dynasty (1802–1945) -- to the rampart.
When arriving at the rampart, visitors can gain a perspective of the huge citadel, leaving them with a feeling of starring in a period drama.
At the cannon embrasures, tourists can admire a moat filled with green water.
|A tourist takes a photo at a cannon embrasure. Photo: Nhat Linh / Tuoi Tre|
From Ngan Gate, take a walk on the rampart to the flag tower, also known as Ky Dai, where a national flag is hung and a system of flamethrower cannons was located.
The area was previously off-limits.
The Hue Monuments Conservation Center fenced Ky Dai off to prevent people from approaching it.
|A corner of Ky Dai Hue, or the Hue flag tower area, which was off-limits in the past. Photo: Nhat Linh / Tuoi Tre|
Now, steel gates surrounding the flag tower are open to welcome visitors.
Since the opening of the walkway, images of the place have gone viral on social media, while the rampart has become a hot spot for travel.
Phan Bao Ngoc, who resides in Ho Chi Minh City, said that her itinerary of a trip to Hue excluded the Hue Citadel rampart.
However, Ngoc discovered the exciting walkway by chance before entering the Imperial City for sightseeing.
As such, she decided to experience the walkway first.
“The landscape is wonderful and eye-catching, and the rampart looks like ancient forts in many movies I have watched on the Internet," Ngoc said.
"For the next trip to Hue, I will hire an antique traditional costume to take some photos at the rampart.”
|Visitors takes a photo while visiting the watchtower at Ngan Gate. Photo: Nhat Linh / Tuoi Tre|
Many services to be offered
Le Cong Son, deputy head of the Hue Monuments Conservation Center, said that the walkway on the Hue Citadel rampart had been put into operation since the Lunar New Year holiday in January.
The walkway has been open to tourists, but no services were offered to excite them, Son added.
The center is weighing up launching some services such as drinks, art performances, and bicycle rides.
“Under the province’s directive, the center will continue to expand the walkway around the rampart in the coming time," Son said.
"However, land reclamation and clearance processes are yet to be done due to obstacles over resettlement and compensation to a few households."
|A gate at the rampart was once shut down, but it is now open to tourists. Photo: Nhat Linh / Tuoi Tre|
|A flamethrower cannon lies in the rampart area. Photo: Nhat Linh / Tuoi Tre|
|Nguyen Thi Tinh, aged 98, and her niece on the rampart. Photo: Nhat Linh / Tuoi Tre|
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