Ho Quyen (Tiger Arena)

Location: Ho Quyen is located on the south bank of the Perfume River and 4km from the Hue Citadel.
Characteristic: Ho Quyen was built in 1830. It is a unique construction, open air and solidly built as a citadel. The coliseum consists of two concentric circles built with bricks and mortar.

Ho Quyen was the arena where duels between elephants and tigers were arranged for the entertainment of the Emperor, the royal family and mandarins. In the old time, the duels Ho Quyen were held once a year. The last one was organized here in 1904 in the reign of Thanh Thai.

 

The first staircase with 20 steps was exclusively reserved for the Emperor and royal family leading up to the rectangular tribune with the surface of 96m², the height of 1.5m. Looking down from the tribune, people can see the cavity with the coliseum. The second staircase, with 15 steps was used by the soldiers and the common people leading up to the earthen part. Between the two staircases is a big entrance 1.9m wide and 3.9m high for the elephants to enter the coliseum.

 


The way running around above this curved door is narrowed into a small bridge across the curved door. Under it is a big two-wing wooden door with stone hinges which still remain undamaged. Opposite to the tribune for the Emperor on the other side of the arena are five cages for tigers and leopards. Above the middle cage is a stone sign inscribed the two Chinese words "Ho Quyen".

 

Ho Quyen is a unique architectural work rarely found in South East Asia. Though it is not as huge as the arenas of the Emperor Romance but it still bears an outstanding figure and creates a martial and imposing atmosphere.

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WHERE TO STAY
Moonlight Hue Hotel

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Tel: (84-234) 3979 797

Midtown Hotel

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Tel: (84-234) 6260 888

Huong Giang Hotel Resort & Spa

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Tel: (84-234) 3822 122

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Tel: (84-234) 3823 526

Century Riverside Hue Hotel

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Tel: (84-234) 3823 390/ 3823 391

Cherish Hotel

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Tel: (84-234) 3943 943

Eldora Hotel

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Tel: (84-234) 3866 666

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Tel: (84-234) 3825 974

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Tel: (84-234) 3834 647/ 3946 555

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Tel: (84-234) 3838 887/ 3838 888

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Tel: (84-234) 3936 986

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Tel: (84-234) 3825 001/ 3826 479

Alba Spa Hotel

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Tel: (84-234) 3828 444

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Tel: (84-234) 3885 461

Jasmine Hotel

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Tel: (84-234) 3830 111

Imperial Hotel

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Tel: (84-234) 3882 222

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Tel: (84-234) 3828 255

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Tel: (84-234) 3936 666

La Residence Hotel & Spa

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Tel: (84-234) 3837 475

Green Hue Hotel

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Tel: (84-234) 2220 555

WHERE TO EAT
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Tel: (84-234) 3848 262

Duyen Anh restaurant

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Tel: (84-234) 3850 195

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Tel: (84-234) 3510 587/ 3590 111

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Tel: (84-234) 3821 732

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Tel: (84-234) 3938 795/ 0935 4850 52

Little Italy restaurant

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Tel: (84-234) 3933 868

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Tel: (84-234) 3886 296

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Tel: (84-234) 0905 1906 80

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Tel: (84-234) 3822 890

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Tel: (84-234) 3626 533

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Tel: (84-234) 3590 356

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Tel: (84-234) 3832 890

Club Garden restaurant

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Tel: (84-234) 3826 327

Com hen Truong Dinh restaurant

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Tel: (84-234) 3833 511

Huyen Anh restaurant

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Tel: (84-234) 3826 655

Lac Thanh restaurant

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Tel: (84-234) 3524 674