1,037 Km. from Ho Chi Minh City and 654 km. From Hanoi. Hue founded as a royal city in 1687 - the original citadel city of Phu Xuan was built on the site of present day Hue. Hue is the gateway to the treasures of Vietnam's royal past. The city served as Vietnam's political from 1803 to 1945 under the 13 emperors of the Nguyen dynasty and it has been one of Vietnam's cultural, religious and educational centres. Today Hue still remains one of Vietnam's major tourist attractions. This small and quiet city is widely known for the magnificent architecture of its citadels, palaces, royal tomds, pagodas and temples built under the Nguyen dynasty in a poetic background of grenery on the banks of the Perfume River. UNESCO has called Hue "an adorable architecture poem".