Hue is the former Royal Capital of Vietnam and the
city's architecture and attractions reflect the legacy of opulent
emperors and revered statesmen. Not only is its historic
significance reflected in the city, but its natural beauty is also
immediately apparent to visitors.
The Perfume River is one of the last places in
Vietnam where the government hasn't removed those who dwell on and
live off its rivers. The Royal Tombs and the Citadel lie along its
banks, the final resting places and former home of some of
Vietnam's most notable emperors. Hue harks back to an age where
leaders were gods and the mystique of their status is evident at
their elaborately constructed tombs.
Yet, it is not discordant with the present and the
demilitarised zones and tunnels at Vinh Moc remind us of the
atrocities of recent history. Here visitors can explore the tunnel
systems of Vinh Moc, where local villagers hid and survived
constant bombardment during the Vietnam War. Visitors shouldn't
wander far off of the path though, as there is still enough
unexploded ordnance in the jungles to fight another war.
The CitadelConstructed by Emperor Gia Long in 1804 for the private use of the emperor and his household, the enormous moated Citadel is comprised of three separate walled enclosures. The outer citadel, surrounded by a six mile (10km) perimeter wall, punctuated by 10 gates, frames... see full details
Royal TombsSouth of Hué are eight splendid royal tombs of the Nguyen emperors, situated among the hills on the banks of the Perfume River. Often designed while the emperor was still alive, each mausoleum was built to serve as a palace for the afterlife.... see full details
The Perfume RiverA boat trip on the Perfume River is one of the highlights of a visit to Hué and includes stops to visit some of the city's main attractions. Passing other sampans (traditional rowing boats) on their way to the market, houseboats and dragon... see full details
DMZ (Demilitarised Zone) and Vinh MocUnder the Geneva Accords of 1954, Vietnam was split into North and South along the 17th parallel. The Ben Hai River was selected as the temporary demarcation line. A three-mile (5km) strip of no-man's land on either side of the border was known... see full details
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