Photographer's Note

Vietnam is now trendy on TE, so why not my contribution? After the trip around Myanmar, I went for a short trip to Vietnam. The big surprise was that these two countries, lying not so far one from another, were so different. For instance, it rained heavily in Vietnam almost all the time.
I am first of all a traveller and I am always interested who went where. So I find it very strange that there are so few photos from Hue. Hue was another big surprise. I had no idea that there were emperors in Vietnam. They built an impressive Citadel, looking a bit like a Forbidden City in Beijing, but other incredible places were the Imperial Tombs. These Tombs were like a small cities, each one a complex of palaces, gardens and temples.

Huế (Vietnamese: [hwě] (About this soundlisten) is a city in central Vietnam that was the capital of Đàng Trong Kingdom from 1738 to 1775 and of the Nguyen Dynasty from 1802 to 1945. A major attraction is its vast, 19th-century citadel, surrounded by a moat and thick stone walls. It encompasses the Imperial City, with palaces and shrines; the Forbidden Purple City, once the emperor's home; and a replica of the Royal Theater. The city was also the battleground for the Battle of Hue, which was one of the longest and bloodiest battles of the Vietnam War.
Hue is well known for its historic monuments, which have earned it a place in UNESCO's World Heritage Sites. The seat of the Nguyen emperors was the Imperial City, which occupies a large, walled area on the north side of the Perfume River. Inside the citadel was a forbidden city where only the emperors, concubines, and those close enough to them were granted access; the punishment for trespassing was death. Today, little of the forbidden city remains, though reconstruction efforts are in progress to maintain it as a historic tourist attraction.

Roughly along the Perfume River from Hue lie myriad other monuments, including the tombs of several emperors, including Minh Mang, Khai Dinh, and Tu Duc. Also notable is the Thien Mu Pagoda, the largest pagoda in Hue and the official symbol of the city.

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Additional Photos by Malgorzata Kopczynska (emka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 11575 W: 123 N: 29428] (138724)
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