Weaver's South East Asia Trip travel blog

Arrived at Hue after spending the night on a train

Our bus to the hotel

Our hotel, Asia Hotel

Dragon boats on the Perfume River

Artwork in the park on Perfume River

Called "The Rain Bath"

The bridge cross the Perfume River to a very busy local market

Our wonderful room!

The glass wall to the washroom lets you see right in from...

The flag tower and wall that surrounds the Imperial Citadel

One of the main gates into the Imperial citadel

Meeting area of the King with his men

Flowering Bonsai

Stones on the left are where the king's men would line up...

The inside of this meeting area was very ornate with the king's...

Mythical animal that protects the king from bad spirits

One of the many buildings being reconstructed due to damage from wars

Long ornate hallways

One of the areas destroyed by bombing

One of the 10 entrances into the Imperial Citadel which is surrounded...

Area where the King's family would relax

Walls freshly repainted

Another main gate

Broken glass and pottery were used to decorate this gate

The Phouc Dien Tower on the banks of perfume River

2 ton bell next to the temple

Ornate designs in the gate to the temple

Walkway to the temple

Inside the Thien Mu Pagoda temple

Walkway to the area where the monks live

Bonsai garden the monks maintain

Walled grounds to Tu Tuc's tomb

Lakeside pavilion where Tu Tuc fished, listened to music & wrote poetry

Stone guards before the tomb

Noon Gate

Entrance to Tu Tuc's tomb

Leaving the tomb


Had a ride on a dragon boat on the Perfume river

The boat driver's children

We arrived a few hours late to Hue very tired since the very small bunks, the jolting train car and bumpy ride made sleeping almost impossible! Everyone was so tired. Hue was once Vietnam's Imperial City. Much of Hue, the walled Citadel and the Imperial City was destroyed during the French and American wars. A bus took us to our hotel, Asia Hotel but the rooms were not ready. So Paul & I walked down to Perfume River and saw dragon boats, house boats and long tail vessels dredging for sand. We walked through a park along the river looking at some very interesting artwork. There were many students sitting around and studying. Once everyone had a chance to book in, shower and eat we were off to lots of sight seeing. First we visited the Imperial City. It was built in 1804 and has 3 walled enclosures. The first is the Exterior Exclosure or Citadel. Within that is the Yellow Enclosure or Imperial City. And within that in the very centre was the Forbidden Purple City where the emperor lived along with his concubines. The outer wall has 10 gates and a moat that surrounds it. We went through the main entrance, the Noon Gate. Just outside it was the Flag Tower which was built in 1807 and is a national symbol. Next, we visited Thien Mu Pagoda which was built on the banks of the Perfume River in 1601. Just before it is the Phuoc Dien Tower that was added in 1864. Each of its 7 tiers is dedicated to the 7 steps to Buddha's enlightenment. Beside the tower, a building houses a 2-ton bell. At the back of the temple, there is a complex of monastic buildings where the monks live. After that we visited the Tomb of Tu Duc which was built before he died. Tu Duc was the longest reigning emperor from 1848-1883. Even though he had 104 wives, he had no heirs since he became sterile after having the mumps. He used this tomb area while he was living as a recreational area. There was a pavilion on the grounds beside a lake where he fished, listened to music and wrote poetry. After such a busy afternoon, we all had dinner together and went to bed early. We were so exhausted!

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