Born in the Annamite Mountains, the Perfume River bathes the city of Hue and its 30-kilometer stretch is full of pagodas, temples, and gardens. Some say that it was named thus because perfume merchants used it to travel to the emperors; others claim that the name is due to the large number of fragrant gardens on the riverbanks. I tend to believe the latter. I also heard that it was a sharp blue color but it looked more like green to me. Anyways, what’s important is that it’s an icon of the city of Hue.
The bridges were bombed repeatedly by the Americans. The Trang Tien Bridge is the most important rebuild bridge and spans over 400 meters. It was originally built by Gustave Eiffel and is a true symbol of the city. Recently, river cruise companies have begun to offer cruises along the river where you can admire the pagodas and temples along the way.
This river begins in the Truong Son Mountains and is about 30 kilometers long. Hue city straddles the river, popularly known as Rio Perfume by the scent of its lotus flowers. The river is very important for the city, along it are the tombs of the Nguyen emperors. It is a river with a weak current where the water level is almost sea level.