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The Imperial City of Hué

Posted: November 27th, 2012 by Scott

We continued our travels south to the Imperial city of Hué along the Perfume River.  Hué was the political, cultural and, religious center under the Nguyen dynasty until 1945.  Many monuments still exist from this time including the Imperial Citadel complex and many of the emperors’ tombs.

We visited the Imperial Citadel complex exploring its gates, flag tower and some nearby museums

One of the ornate citadel gates

These kids were horsing around on the display of cannons just inside the gate.

The citadel was used as a residence for the Nguyen emperors from 1805 to 1945, but was heavily bombed during the war.

Later, we rented a motorbike to explore some of the surrounding tombs and pagodas.

We enjoyed our cruise out of the city on our motorbike.

We visited the Tomb of Khai Dinh, which was the most recently built tomb – dating from 1925, but also one of the more impressive ones.

Not a bad size tomb

One of the stone guards in front of the tomb.

The next stop was the Thien Mu Pagoda which is the tallest pagoda in Vietnam.

A nice little pagoda