City Brief - Hue, Vietnam

Authors: Institute for Social and Environmental Transition-International (ISET-International); Thailand Environment Institute (TEI); Vietnam National Institute for Science and Technology Policy and Strategy Studies (NISTPASS)

The ancient capital of Vietnam, Hue City, is an important cultural and historic city located on the central coast of the country. A citadel, temples, and tombs of past Kings abound in the city, offering a peek into the past for locals and tourists alike. The same traits that made Hue attractive as a capital city in the past have led to the growing importance of Hue as an economic and industrial city in the central part of Vietnam. Hue is one of a few major cities along the central coast, located halfway between Vietnam’s two leading cities, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, and linked via rail and road to the rest of Vietnam and to other countries in the Mekong Region. Economic integration is driving rapid urbanization and expansion, especially outside the city and along the coast. Yet, the city’s location at the foot of a mountain range, on the mouth of a major river and along the coast contributes to high exposure to climate change risk. Through the Mekong – Building Climate Resilience in Asian Cities (M-BRACE) initiative, Hue has been working to understand the impacts of urbanization and climate change and chart a path towards more resilient development.


Institute for Social and Environmental Transition-International, Thailand Environment Institute, Vietnam National Institute for Science and Technology Policy and Strategy Studies. (2014). Hue, Vietnam. Bangkok, Thailand: Institute for Social and Environmental Transition-International.

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The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)


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