Located north of Danang and midway between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, the ancient city of Hue is one of Vietnam's most sacred treasures. Serving as the country's capital from 1802 to 1945, Hue boasts a long history as a major cultural, religious and educational centre. Featuring one amazing relic after another, there really is no other place quite like Hue. This unique city is practically one big museum and is now recognised as a World Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO. Featuring the Nine Holy Cannons, the Imperial Enclosure, the Palace of Supreme Harmony and the Halls of the Mandarins, the remains of Emperor Gia Long's Citadel constructed in 1804 make for fascinating site-seeing. While the imperial walled city ""Purple Forbidden City"" has been largely destroyed, the beautiful Royal Tombs of Kings Nguyen located on the southern bank of the Perfume River are well worth a visit. An important centre of Buddhism, Hue also boasts a plethora of enchanting pagodas and temples built in the early century. After a busy day's exploring be sure to cool off at Thuan An Beach followed by one of Hue's famous traditional dinner dishes. Among the hotels in Hue stands La Residence Hue Hotel & Spa, a part of the outstanding MGallery Collection. Nestled amongst the fabled Perfume River, the hotel is styled as a classic colonial villa with a touch of art deco and authentic Vietnamese aura. This boutique hotel provides a unique experience for a holiday with a difference.