Hué, Vietnam

The city of Hué became the capital of the empire in 1802 with the Nguyen emperor Gia Long. Because of its strategic location 660 km from Hanoi and 1080 km from Saigon this city was very prosperous long before. Hue has still the intact appearance of a monarchic capital with the citadel in the center. The empire was reigned from Hue - under French control - until 1945 when Ho Chi Minh took over.
Within the fortified walls of the citadel many temples and palaces can be visited, the most famous part is the Imperial Enclosure - a UNESCO World Heritage since 1993.

communist propaganda 

communist propaganda

hue citadel

citadel at the entrance to the emperor's palace

The Imperial Enclosure houses the Thai To Mieu temple complex, the University of Arts, the Forbidden Purple City, the Thai Hoa Palace and the Ngo Mon Gate with its yellow doors that were for use by the Emperor only:

ladies carrying food

imperial enclosure

entrance to the Imperial Enclosure (Ngo Mon Gate)


looking back to Ngo Mon Gate
Thai Hoa Palace

Thai Hoa Palace

Hall of the Mandarins

Hall of the Mandarins
To Mieu map

To Mieu map

To Mieu temple

To Mieu temple


Martin at To Mieu gate


temple gate
Nguyen urns

nine dynastic Nguyen urns

colorful tiles
Bao Quoc

Bao Quoc Pagoda

Thien Mu

Thien Mu Pagoda - outside Hué
temple monk

burning monk protest


turtle stele for longevity
temple bell

Dai Hong Chung bell (2052 kg)

Thap Phouc Duyen

Thap Phuoc Duyen tower
temple monk

Song Huong - Perfume River


Hué info
Hué festival

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