It was called Nui Bang (Even Mount) and renamed Ngu Binh in Gia
Long's reign. Its top is flat with pine trees every where".The 105m Ngu Binh has a striking and
symmetric figure. On both sides of the Even Mount (Bang Son) are 2 small mounts called Ta
Bat Son (Left Mount) and Huu Bat Son (Right Mount). The Nguyen dynasty was established and
decided to build up the Hue Capital. When seeing that Bang Son look like a front screen.
Gia Long Emperor approved the design of geo-mancers: To choose this mount as a front altar
of the imposing and solid defending wall system, and renamed it Ngu Binh.
Together with the Perfume river, Ngu Binh
Mount is the second invaluable gift endowed by Nature to Hue. These two mingle with each
other creating the romantic mountain and river beauty of Hue. For a long time, this
beautiful mount and the blue limpid Perfume river have become the symbol of Hue city.
Therefore, people often call Hue "The land of the Perfume river and Ngu Binh
mount" or "Huong-Ngu Land".
centuries, many generations of poets and travellers have recognized it a wonderful place
to admire nature. On fine days, from the top of Ngu Binh mount, people can view all the
sights of Hue city with magnificent palaces, ancient pagoda roofs and the blue limpid
Perfume river winding in and out... Right in front of people's eyesight stretch boundless
pine forests on the hills and large plains of Huong Thuy, Phu Vang, Huong Tra districts
with green plants and trees. In the distance is the endless dark purple Truong Son range
hidden behind silver clouds... Towards the east is a dim white sand strip and Thuan An
estuary in the distance with the deep blue Eastern Sea.
Some kilometres away
from Ngu Binh mount is Vong Canh hill, another beautiful spot of Hue which reflects itself
charmingly in the Perfume river, opposite to Ngoc Tran Mount. From the Vong Canh Hill,
people can behold green fruit gardens with areca palm, longan, orange, mandarin, grape
fruit shades, etc. Mingling with pine trees, grey roofs of pagodas and temples, as well as
the ancient and meditative tombs,... The Perfume river looks like a soft silk strip
winding at the foot of the hill. Once tourists come here at mist fading dawn or in sunset,
they will understanding and be heartfelt the romantic beauty of a hill, a river, a corner
of Hue's sky...