The Imperial City of Hue

Hue was the imperial capital of Vietnam during the 19th and early 20th centuries. The city was badly damaged during the Vietnam War, but many of the historic relics still stand.The first site we visited was the Imperial Citadel, a city walled off and surrounded by a moat which was the home to the king.

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Although the walls still stand tall, a great deal of the interior was destroyed during the war. The buildings within are currently being restored and should some day replicate the original structures.

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The next day we rented bikes and made the 15 mile roundtrip to visit the tombs of former emperors which are housed in elaborate complexes.

P1050779At the Tomb of Khai Dinh, the emperor had an army of statues built to protect him in his afterlife.

P1050758The Tomb of Minh Mang was the farthest site we visited. There is actually a short cut to get there through a restaurant, however, to use this path you have to eat at the restaurant. We aren’t big fans of these types of arrangements that take advantage of tourists so we chose to bike the extra few minutes and use the ground’s main entrance.

Hue and its surrounding villages are also known for incense production. We passed by a street stall selling hand made incense.

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