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Visiting the Imperial City of Hue

Visiting the Imperial City of Hue

Today we are going to visit the Imperial City of Hue. It is said that the Imperial City of Hue is the best-preserved remnant of a vast citadel and royal quarters that once existed on the site.

Apparently in 1802 ,Nguyễn Phúc Ánh took control of Vietnam and declared himself as Emperor Gia Long. Like any other emperor he was in great need of a citadel, so the Imperial City was founded. We were told that the Imperial City of Hue is about 2.5 km by 2.5 km wide, it is surrounded by a moat and within it lies the Purple Forbidden City which is separated by an additional set of walls and moat within the citadel.

The Purple Forbidden City marks the area where the emperor and his family resided and it was only accessible by the royal family and their eunuch servants. It also houses the tomb of Emperor Minh Mang as well as the tomb of Emperor Tu Duc. Unfortunately, most of the Forbidden Purple City was destroyed during the Vietnam war and today only a hand full of the original buildings remain.

These days, it is a well visited UNESCO world heritage site, and it is a wonderful place to spend a day of sight seeing.

Here is a collection of photos we took on our day in the Imperial City of Hue

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Long red hallway in the forbidden purple city of Hue

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The hallway from the outside

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One of the few building left inside the forbidden purple city

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Luckily, most of the historical markers and descriptions are written in English

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Gardens inside the Imperial City of Hue

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Most of the decorations are made of tiny pieces of china and mosaic tiles

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Taking it all in

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Reaching the outer walls of the Imperial City

 

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Little waterways everywhere

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Another mysterious door

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There are many decorated gates leading to different areas inside the Imperial City of Hue

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Nope, not done sightseeing yet, we have still more to discover

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Incense and alms for the gods

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More gardens for the Empress

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Inside the royal theater/opera house

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What else could there be?

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On our way out of the Imperial City

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Leftovers from the Vietnam war

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Everybody has their own twist on history

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