Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Photos from the Imperial Capital of Vietnam: Hue

Before I started traveling, I did not know there was so much to see in Central Vietnam. The top two destinations in the country are located in the south (the largest city Saigon) and in the north (the country's capital Hanoi). Meanwhile, Vietnam's central regions have, apart from the beaches, quaint old towns like Hoi An, the prettiest one in Southeast Asia, and mountain retreats like Da Lat where Vietnamese coffee, among other agricultural produce, is largely cultivated. Then, of course, there is Hue. Spelled correctly as Huế and pronounced like way but with a quick breath in front. Thus, hway. So what is in Hue, Vietnam? Nothing, really. Just the grandest of Vietnam's structures: the Imperial Citadel.

Hue, Vietnam
The entrance to the imperial enclosure, which is surrounded by a moat, of course!

The Imperial Citadel and its surrounding walls and fortifications were built by the first emperor of the Nguyen Dynasty, Emperor Gia Long, in the early 1800's. The emperor is credited to be the founder of the dynasty that unified Northern Vietnam, and therefore, Vietnam. His dynasty, the Nguyen dynasty, was to be the last of Vietnam's great dynasties before the country assimilated into French Indochina. Parts of the Imperial Citadel were patterned after China's Forbidden City in Beijing. That's no coincidence given that Emperor Gia Long was the first Vietnamese emperor recognized by China. The Imperial Citadel is sometimes even called the Purple Forbidden City, and walking around, it did somehow remind me of the Forbidden City in Beijing.

There isn't more to say really. As far as travel stories go, that's all I got for Hue, Vietnam. Suffice it to say, I did not have the best of times in that city. It was a combination of bowl-of-soup poisoning, which left me medicating for gastroenteritis all the way to Hanoi, and a bad hostel experience, one with the rudest of drunken dorm mates and pricy inauthentic food. But hey, I got good pictures. Do enjoy.

Imperial City, Hue, Vietnam

Imperial City, Hue, Vietnam
The Imperial Citadel

Imperial City, Hue, Vietnam

Imperial City, Hue, Vietnam

Imperial City, Hue, Vietnam

Imperial City, Hue, Vietnam

Imperial City, Hue, Vietnam

Imperial City, Hue, Vietnam

Imperial City, Hue, Vietnam


*More photos in my Flickr set Vietnam: Hue.


What is the grandest palace, fortress, or citadel that you have ever seen? Have you been to Hue? Tell me you had a much better time that I did.


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