Thank You Eve: Dang Mau Tuu’s Ode to Hue Women in Exhibition

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Artist Dang Mau Tuu has been working over the past four years on his most recent collection of paintings and they will be exhibited at the Le Ba Dang Arts Foundation in Hue (4th-15th March 2020).  The exhibition consists of 36 paintings of oil and silk; a tribute to the artist’s expression of the female […]

Khai Dinh Tomb: The Hue Emperor with a Taste for the Occident

Guards at Khai Dinh Tomb

Hue’s reputation as the cultural capital of Vietnam is largely attributed to the Nguyen Dynasty who ruled the country from 1802-1945. The legacy of Vietnam’s last family of emperors is somewhat controversial due to various levels of hypocrisy and poor leadership through their 13 monarchs. One key event which changed the future of Vietnam was […]

Tyranny / Torture: Secret Prison and Abandoned Mansion of Ngo Dinh Can

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Hue isn’t short of dark tourism hotspots. 13 emperors, the violent French assault on the Citadel and subsequent colonial rule, the Buddhist crisis, the Tet Offensive and a couple of natural disasters provide an endless, yet largely unvisited, amount of locations for people looking for quirky places. None can tick so many boxes on the […]

Drink in Hue: Nightlife Guide to Pubs, Bars and Clubs

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While Hue’s nightlife doesn’t compete with the big boys of South East Asia, it certainly isn’t short of options. The best bars in Hue are tucked around the city. Hue at night contains a charm very few others do. I recommend you don’t stick around the tourist area and push on through to some of […]

People Watching in Vietnam and Some of Hue’s best spots

Tu Dam Pagoda

People Watching One of the reasons I love living in Vietnam is that it’s a country buzzing with activity. Some countries you have to hunt for the action but in Vietnam the action comes to you. It’s right on your doorstep. Nothing makes me more excited to leave my house than the unpredictable environment of the […]

Cafe Gac Trinh: the Trinh Cong Son House in Hue

Trinh Cong Son Hue

Ask anyone from Vietnam who Trinh Cong Son is and they’ll either recite you some of his lyrics or tell you about the significance of his music. Son’s compositions of around 600 songs span over 30 years of Vietnamese history. International press dubbed Trinh Cong Son the Bob Dylan of Vietnam. His blend of folk […]