Hue is located in central Vietnam. At one point it was the imperial capital of the Nguyễn Dynasty and it remains famous today for the emperors’ historic Citadel: “a large, walled area on the north side of the Perfume River. Inside the Citadel was a forbidden city where only the emperors, concubines, and those close enough to them were granted access; the punishment for trespassing was death.” (Thank you Wikipedia!)
We spent a day exploring and enjoying the colorful architecture and peaceful grounds. One of my biggest highlights was going back another day and joining the locals for some evening kite flying – a daily (weather permitting) ritual apparently – under the massive Vietnamese flag on the citadel’s wall. It was pure delight and is one of my favorite Vietnam memories!
Here are some photo impressions from the site and from kite-flying. (all clickable for a closer view)