Vietnam — Hue

The most common way to travel from Hanoi to Hue is by overnight train. We arrive in Hue a little before 9am and start explore some of the city. Situated on the Northern bank of the Perfume River, the citadel features a system of three circles of ramparts, from outside to inside: Kinh Thanh (Capital Citadel), Hoang Thanh (Royal Citadel) and Tu Cam Thanh (Forbidden Citadel). Construction of the site started in 1805 under the reign of Emperor Gia Long and completed in 1832 under the reign of Emperor Ming Mang.

Thien Mu Pagoda has seven storeys and is the tallest in Vietnam. It is regarded as the unofficial symbol of the former imperial capital. During the 19th century, the pagoda was patronized by the emperors of the Nguyen Dynasty, which was founded in 1802 by Emperor Gia Long after his unification of modern Vietnam. His successor, Minh Mang, funded further expansion and renovation of the temple. The imperial tomb of Tu Duc is considered to be the most beautiful imperial tomb of Hue. The sight was used by the Emperor Tu Duc (1829 – 1883) in life as both a Summer Palace and spiritual retreat.

Photos taken March 2014 (Nikon D7000).

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