Ho Quyen, the tiger fighting arena is an interesting site to visit when in the city of Hue. It was built in 1832, during the reign of Emperor Ming Mang to host fights between tigers and elephants. From 1832 to 1904 the emperor, his family and his followers watched these fixed matches from above. Since the elephant was considered to be a symbol of imperial prestige, it is reported that the tiger’s claws and teeth were removed in order to reach the desired results, a win for the elephants. Although these uneven fights are no longer held, tourists visiting this site will be able to still see claw marks on the walls of the tiger cages and more. While Ho Quyen is not as large as the Roman arena’s, its design elements are quite similar. With much of its structure still intact, this arena usually overlooked by most tourists visiting Hue, is certainly worth a visit. However tourists planning on visiting this site will have to ensure it is still open to the public, as restoration of the arena was being considered.
Throughout the day
Around half an hour
Adults, senior visitors, young adults, families, children
The interesting architecture, the claw marks
Muslim tourists will not find prayer facilities in Hue, since there are no known mosques or Islamic centers in the city. Tourists visiting Ho Quyen will however be able to find a secluded spot near the arena if necessary. They could also offer their prayers in their hotel rooms if they are unable to locate a suitable area to pray.
Although tourists will not find restaurants at the Ho Quyen arena, they will be able to locate numerous restaurants in the city of Hue. Muslim visitors requiring Halal cuisine will however not find any Halal certified outlets in this city. Muslims visiting the city will therefore have to choose suitable vegetarian or seafood dishes.