7 Awesome Things to Do in Hue, Vietnam Right in the middle of Vietnam, Hue was the capital for 143 years (1802 – 1945). It is a city rich with history. Hue is home to 7 imperial tombs as well as the ancient imperial city. During the Vietnam war, Hue suffered badly. The “Battle of Hue” was one of the longest and deadliest battles. Along with the human casualties, many historic sites were damaged or destroyed.