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The An Bang Cemetery Introduction
An Bang Cemetery is also called the City of Ghost, a wonderful local tourist attraction you must see and visit in Hue after the Heavenly Lady pagoda, Hue Imperial Citadel, Hue Royal Tombs, Thanh Toan Bridge, etc. It is a perfect stop on the way from Hue to Hoi An.
Where is it? Why it’s called the City of Ghosts?
Located in An Bang, a small quiet village at Thuan An beach. The City of ghosts or An Bang Cemetery is a local cemetery, with its brilliantly coloured structures built on the white sand; stretches along the side of the road for 3 kilometres. The locals gave a name for it “City of Ghost”.
As you know, about 90 percent of the villagers have overseas relatives. Family members who live in western countries or the USA who have been sending money home, much of which is using to build graves. Especially, due to the competition in the construction of the villagers, there are a lot of luxury graves costing fifty thousand US dollars for their ancestors or even for family members who have not died yet. They even built-in advance to be ready for their death.
What to see there?
The An Bang Cemetery- “City of Ghosts” will make you overwhelmed by regal stone lions abound and glittering mosaic dragons, unicorns, phoenixes which inlaid the roof-ridges. It is such a great mixture among different architectures such as Buddhism, Taoism, Catholicism, Vietnamese, Chinese and Western. Even many graves there are copies of Nguyen dynasty Emperor’ tombs and the Citadel of Hue.
Because of the uniqueness in the system and architectures and thanks to the ideas of famous cultural researchers of Hue several years ago. These days, tourists are very curious about this special city so there are more and more people coming here to visit.
How to visit?
“City of Ghosts”- An Bang Cemetery is around 40 km from Hue city center. It is located in An Bang village, Vinh An commune, Phu Vang district. The best way to visit this special city is to book the Hue To Hoi An Motorbike Tour or Private Car From Hue to Hoi An. Book this tour, you can also visit Tam Giang lagoon; Hai Van pass, Thanh Toan Bridge; Marble mountains, as well as Elephant springs. Please don’t hesitate to book tours with Culture Pham Travel to get great experiences!