The Charms of Hue, Vietnam

by Dwight

The Imperial City – Hue, Vietnam

Hue is the capital city of Thua Thien province, Vietnam. From 1802 until the end of World War II in 1945,  served as the imperial capital of the Nguyen dynasty. Its current population is about 350,000.  The city’s citizens are proud of its history.  And it has a lot to show for it.  It is a UNESCO World Heritage site.  The Citadel and its walls  housed the Emperor’s Palace, located on the north side of the Perfume River.  In imperial times it was known as the “Forbidden City”.  Today it has been restored to much of its former glory.  It was ravaged by fighting during the Tet Offensive of 1968, during what is known in Vietnam as the American War.  An estimated 10,000 residents died during the fighting, most of them executed by the NVA and Viet Cong as death squads combed the city with target lists.

Tombs of former emperors are found along the banks of the Perfume River – including Minh Mạng, Khải Định, and Tự Đức. It is also home to the Thiên Mụ Pagoda, Hue’s largest pagoda – the city’s official symbol.

Colonial French architecture is found in Hue, mostly on the south banks of the Perfume. You’ll find the “Hue Royal Antiquities Museum” at 3 Le Truc Street, the present location of many antiquities from the historic city.

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