Hai Van Quan - A Must-See Destination in Da Nang and Hue

Hello everyone, how do you do today?
During this pandemic, traveling through travel posts like this is a great way to learn about interesting places around the world, right? Today I have traveled a lot around the world through the edition of Traveldigest. Therefore, I also want to take you to a historical tourist attraction of Vietnam, which is Hai Van Quan.

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What does the name Hai Van Quan mean?

Hai Van is the name of the mountain where it is located. Quan means gateway because it was once an important position in the defense system of the Hue citadel in the Nguyen Dynasty. So Hai Van Quan means the gateway of Hai Van Pass where people have to go through if they want to go over the pass.

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Geographical location

Hai Van Quan is located on the top of Hai Van mountain right on the border of Thua Thien Hue province and Da Nang city. It has an altitude of 496m above sea level and is about 28km north of Da Nang city center and 90km south of Hue city center. The two sides of it are dangerous mountains so it is the only way to go through the pass.

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Hai Van Quan looked from afar.


History of Hai Van Quan

Hai Van Quan was built in 1826, in the 7th year of Minh Mang of the Nguyen Dynasty. It was built to strengthen the defense system of the ancient capital Hue in the southern region. It consists of two archways built of brick, and on each gate there is a watchtower from which the soldiers can easily look around.

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In 1849, King Tu Duc built more watchtowers and placed 7 more cannons here to increase its defenses when the Nguyen Dynasty realized that the French colonialists were plotting to invade Da Nang in the South. . From 1876-1945, when Vietnam was a French colony, the French colonialists continued to use Hai Van Quan as an important location and renovated to strengthen the place. During the period 1946-1975, the US imperialists built more bunkers above Hai Van Quan to further strengthen its defensive capabilities. Over the historical periods, Hai Van Quan has always been considered an important strategic location because it not only connects the North and South areas of Hai Van Pass but also the North and South of Vietnam.

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Through different historical periods of Vietnam, Hai Van Quan has experienced many ups and downs. It can be said that it is an important historical witness with the vestiges of war still remaining to this day. At first it was just a stop on the dangerous pass road, then it was solidly built with bricks under the Nguyen Dynasty, then reinforced and expanded during the war against France and America. All that has created the shape of Hai Van Quan today.

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Hai Van Quan - A must-see destination

Currently, Hai Van Quan is a famous tourist attraction of both Da Nang and Hue cities. People come here not only for the lessons of history but also for many other things.

Hai Van Quan is located on the highest point of Hai Van Pass, so from here you will admire the panoramic beauty of Lang Co beach of Thua Thien Hue province in the north, the panorama of Da Nang city in the south, the majestic Bach Ma mountain in the West and the East Sea stretching endlessly in the East. What's better than going to a place where you can see multiple locations at once.

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Views from Hai Van Quan.

The road to this place is also a road that those who like to drive should not be missed. With a mountain on one side, valley and sea on the other side, the road on Hai Vien pass will make you mesmerized by its beauty. In addition, along its route, there are many places you should check in such as: the lonely pine, beautiful Lang Van beach, Banana beach, Don Ca Arch Bridge. The cafes with stunning views along the route on Hai Van Pass are also places that you should visit.

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In addition, the weather here is cool all year round. In summer and spring, people like to come here in the afternoon to cool off and breathe in the fresh air. In the fall and winter, this is a great place to hunt clouds. In general, it is always a great destination that you should not miss when traveling in Da Nang or Hue.

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Thank you for reading and have a nice day!



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Thanks for taking us on this amazing trip with you through your photos. Very interesting combination of history and nature ;)

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I agree! What a great post. Adding it to my list of places to visit when I make it to Vietnam!

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Hi @sjarvie5, if you come here, just let me know, I will take you around and take a lot of photos for you. 😁

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That would be super fun. It would be so great to meet all my Vietnam Hive friends in person.

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All of us are waiting for you here. Most of us know you and we are more than happy to see you in person.

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Thank you very much @phortun. Historical places are always on my list and especially history and nature like this place.

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beautiful place full of history and spectacular panoramic views, thanks for sharing

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Thanks a lot, a very informative post and pictures are fabulous as always.
what time were you there? it was a bit foggy. 😂

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Hi @sunnyvo, I'm very happy that you like the post. I was there around 4-5 pm. Yeah It's very foggy and cold there after 5pm.

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Công nhận anh chụp chỗ này quá đẹp luôn, từ góc ảnh đến màu sắc, và chút sương tạo nên một suej huyền bí :) Xuất sắc :)

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Oh yeah thanks e nhé. Chiều lên đồ đi a chụp cho nha.

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Chiều chụp cho mấy đồng chí kia. Khanh nó chụp cho e hôm qua rồi. haha mà bận quá chưa lên bài được

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à okay e nha. Hôm qua cũng đi chỗ đó hả e?

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Wow, the views that you have shown us are very breathtaking. Keep 'em coming.

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Oh my! I damn love historical places! And its crazy its located between those roads. From an engineer's perspective, the road is not safe to travel. 😂 But damn, that place stood throughout those years of war. I would definitely would love to visit this.

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Yeah the road is quite dangerous at some parts @indayclara . But for me it's interesting to drive on it with a bit adventurous feeling. And you should definitely visit it because of not only historical lessions but also beautiful landscapes and views around it.

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Yeah! I will definitely will revisit this blog once I am able to get back to Vietnam!

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Great, just let me know when you come. I'm more than happy to take you around and take many photos for you. @indayclara .

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Hy, beautiful description of the place, and the pictures are amazing.

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Ôi hình như chỗ này em cũng từng đi qua r thì phải, nhìn quen quen nhưng do ảnh anh chụp đẹp quá nên thấy hơi lại lạ nữa. Em thấy anh hợp viết về lịch sử đấy ạ, bài viết hay quá. Cám ơn anh đã chia sẻ

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Cảm ơn @dora381 nhé, a cũng thích viết về lịch sử, hôm nào về đây a dẫn lên lại.

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Ôi thế thì còn j vui bằng nữa, lại lôi cả nhóm Hive Việt đi cùng nhau cho vui nhỉ. Mà e đang hóng ảnh off nhóm hwa, chưa thấy ai đăng hiuhiu

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uhm nhỉ anh cũng đang hóng, chắc mn chụp nhiều quá tốn thời gian chọn ảnh. 😁

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A beautiful piece of history and what a place to have it perfect defense from all sides.

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Thank you @tinman88. Yeah I really love it because of its history and beautiful nature.

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This one would definitely be on my list if, I get to Vietnam.

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