Hue is located in central Vietnam on the banks of the Song Huang (Perfume river).
In the Vietnam War, Huế's central position placed it very near the border between North Vietnam and South Vietnam.
The city & historical buildings suffered considerable damage from American firepower and bombings.
After the war's conclusion, many of the historic features of Huế were neglected.
But there has since been a change of policy, and some parts of the historic city have been restored.
Nowaday, Huế is best known for its historic monuments, which have earned it a place in the UNESCO's World Heritage Sites.
The climate is hot and generally wet. Huế receives most of its rainfall during the northeast monsoon between October and December.
It is driest around March and April, but rain may still fall.