Nui Ban (Ban Mountain) is an airy, quiet park in Hue, Vietnam. It is watched over by an imposing 21 m-high statue of Emperor Quang Trung, formerly known as Nguyen Hue, of the Tay Son Dynasty. You might be wondering, “Where’s the mountain?” According to this page, the emperor “had Ban Mountain leveled to make an esplanade for the Heaven prayer rituals.” So a giant monument of its destroyer now stands where the mountain used to be… (Cue Ironic by Alanis Morissette.)
We stumbled upon this place while exploring Hue on motorbike. I doubt many tourists pass by Nui Ban, as it is quite a ways from the Perfume River, a boat ride on which is the usual way to get to the famous Royal Tombs. Indeed, there were only a couple of locals there when we made our impromptu stop.
Nui Ban is a nice place to just chill and hang out, especially if you’re tombed out. You can even rent rollerblades from an enterprising local and skate around the park with the kids.
How to get there
The easiest way to get to Nui Ban is by motorbike, as it isn’t a usual stop on most package tours. One can easily rent a motorbike anywhere for a few bucks a day. Nui Ban isn’t marked on Google Maps, but it’s quite visible on satellite view on the corner of Ngu Binh and Hoang Thi Loan, to the left of Ngu Binh Mountain.