Saigon – Ho Chi Minh City Photo Slide Show

by Dwight

A collection of Saigon Photos.

Discoveries…Vietnam: Historic Treasures [Blu-ray]
publisher: Bennett-Watt Media
ASIN: B004SI2WFQ
EAN: 0799759001177
sales rank: 130062
price: $24.95 (new)
Start at the most historic site, The Temple of Literature, Vietnam’s first University founded in 1070, then head to Ba Dinh Square in Hanoi where you can find the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. From here travel to Unesco World Heritage Sites of Hoi Anh, a major international port in the 16th and 17th centuries, with foreign influences apparent to this day. Continue to My Son, with an extensive ruin from the Champa Dynasty built from the 4th to the 14th Century. Over 70 temples in various states of ruin make this a spectacular journey into Vietnam’s past. Hue’s Citadel on the north side of the Perfume River is often referred to as “ancient”, but compared to My Son or The Temple of Literature is actually quite young historically. It was built in the early part of the 19th Century, 1804, and was the royal capitol of Vietnam during the Nguyen Dynasty until 1945. The former imperial seat of government and Hue’s prime attraction, this is a great sprawling complex of temples, pavilions, moats, walls, gates, shops, museums and galleries. The Thien Mu Pagoda overlooks the Perfume River and is the official symbol of the city of Hue and was built in 1601 although the nearly 70 foot tower was built in1844. Throughout its history the pagoda has seen a number of activists pass thru it’s gates on the way to influence many different governments over the last 400 years. There are several tombs of Nyugen emperors around Hue, the two most remarkable are Khai Dinh Tomb with it’s classic formula of forecourts leading up to the tomb of the Emperor complete with incredibly detailed and opulent mosaics of cavorting dragons. Minh Mang, an regal complex with it’s courtyard surrounded by warrior statues and several temples and pavilions.

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