Days at the Hue Citadel

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)

2 thoughts on “Days at the Hue Citadel

  1. For someone who was feeling ambivalent, you sure took a stunning love-poem of photos there, Jen.

    All of your photos have been lovely, but I guess these seem to draw me in some special way, so maybe there’s something for me in Vietnam someday.

    • Thanks Bee! 🙂 It happened to be tough for us, but I definitely don’t want to dissuade anyone from visiting Vietnam. Any journey is what it needs to be for the individual who happens to be taking it, neh? And Vietnam undeniably had a lot of beauty that is worth seeing!

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