Saturday, February 25, 2012

Vietnam 25: The Citadel of Hue (Part I)

by Pa Rock
The main entrance of the Citadel
Cultural Explorer

Our final stop in the Hue, the ancient capital of Vietnam, was the Citadel, otherwise known as the Imperial City. It is a very large and ornate compound surrounded by thick walls and a moat that was home to the royal family and their entourage of several thousand people.  Construction on the Citadel began in 1804 and it survived in tact until 1968 when American bombers destroyed much of the old royal complex.  The Citadel was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993.

The Flag Tower at the Citadel
We were at the Citadel for a couple of hours.  It involved a lot of stair-climbing and walking, and I was really beginning to feel the effects of my fall the day before - but somehow I made it through.  A couple of hours later we were on a plane heading for Hanoi.

"I don't want to work - I just want to bang on the drum
all day!"
View from main structure looking out toward flag tower
View looking back into the grounds of the Citadel
A  Buddha Bell
Tourists entering the Citadel
Looking toward the second building
A dragon preparing to welcome his year
An enormous brass cauldron filled with rain water
A model of the royal barge?

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