The Hue National School
is the first as well as the oldest high school in Vietnam
. It is a destination that brings a unique experience for tourists when visiting a series of Hue attractions. Also known originally as Quoc Hoc, this was the school for those children from royal and noble families.
French colonists established this school on the site that used to be former squadron headquarters. The school trained those people who would serve the feudal colonial government. Thus, the major subject for those students was French and the gate of this school was title “Pháp tự Quốc Học trường môn” (French national high school’s gate). Nowadays, its name is Hue National High School and is a high-profile school that students here must pass through the competitive entrance exam in order to get the admission.
Built in 1896, with over 100 years of history, Quoc Hoc today is a well-maintained construction following French colonial style. This school contains five blocks of classrooms, basketball court, one football field, five badminton courts, one medium, one swimming pool, one medium stadium, and a block of dormitory. It is reckoned as the largest and the most beautiful high school campus of Vietnam. The surrounding of this school creates a great picture of green background of shady trees along with stone blenches and red French architectural building. Particularly, in spring, as “Diep Anh Dao” (Điệp Anh Đào) – a type of cherry blossoms – blossoms, the big picture filled with pinky impressive dots above the red thatched tile. People often call this span of time as “Pinky cloud season” and praise it as the most special moments annually. It explains why Quoc Hoc is also called as “Pinky school beside Huong River Bank”. There is also a song with the same name about the beauty of Hue, Huong River and scenes around. If you have a chance to drop by this school during that special season, then you are very lucky.
Quoc Hoc is not only well-known for its charming scene when it comes to Hue attractions, but it also gains the prominence for the tradition of patriotism, academic achievements, industriousness, and respect for a lot of time-honored values of the relationship between teachers and students. Some Vietnam political leaders have been graduated from this school, namely Nguyen Tat Thanh (Nguyễn Tất Thành) (president Ho Chi Minh), Prime Minister Pham Van Dong (Phạm Văn Đồng), General Vo Nguyen Giap (Võ Nguyên Giáp), and so on. Additionally, this school is also famous for its successful students who are renowned poets, including Huy Can (Huy Cận), Xuan Dieu (Xuân Diệu), Luu Trong Lu (Lưu Trọng Lư), To Huu (Tố Hữu), etc.; scientists, including Ta Quang Buu, Ton That Tung, Dang Van Ngu, etc.; musicians, including Chau Ky (Châu Kỳ), Tran Hoan (Trần Hoàn), Nguyen Van Thuong (Nguyễn Văn Thương), etc.; and so on. Quoc Hoc itself proudly has students getting high prize in various International Competitions.
The School today
Hue is not only famous for its long history
but also for successful people with high education background graduated from Quoc Hoc Hue. So, Quoc Hoc Hue is really one of must-visit Hue attractions for anyone who has a chance to come this ancient city. Visitors who really want to visit Quoc Hoc High School should keep in mind that this school does not allow entrances during the official time, which ends at 5.16 pm each day. Besides, the students here are extremely eager to communicate with foreigners, particularly English and French speakers. It is also an ideal place for those people who want to take great pictures of natural background, and understand much more about French colonial architecture and witness female students in while traditional costume named Ao Dai (the Long Dress in English), sparkling in a great background.