Imperial City of Huế, Vietnam

Hue was capital of Vietnam from 1738 to 1775 and from 1802 to 1945. A major attraction is its vast 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.

From the city center we sailed the Perfume River by Royal Dragon Boat to the seven-storey Thien Mu Pagoda

In June of 1963, in a busy street in Saigon, Vietnamese Mahayana Buddhist monk burned himself to death as a protest to the South Vietnamese Diem regime’s discriminatory Buddhist laws. Above is the car he took to the intersection.

The citadel

The imperial city

Men’s gate

Dong Ba Market.

Royal Tomb of King Ming Mang.

Bach Ma National Park about 60km to the South of Hue City.

Park summit, 1500 meters above sea level

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