Hue was the old capital of the Empire of Vietnam.
In former times the city was called Phu Xuan. The Nguyen dynasty ruled here between the 17th and 19th century. The capital of Vietnam was Hue from 1802 to 1945. When the government fled into exile in 1945, Ho Chi Minh in Hanoi declared independence from France.
Hue is divided by Huong Giang, the Perfume River. The city has about 300,000 inhabitants and is a popular destination for Vietnam tours.