After a very relaxing and tranquil stay in Hoi An it was time to move on, our next leg of the journey was by train to the city of Hue, we desired to take the train from Danang to Hue as its journey winds it’s way along the coast with some stunning views of the coast line. The reason we wanted to to stop in Hue as we wanted to visit the city’s citadel which a recommended place to visit. In 1802 emperor Gia Long founded the Nguyen dynasty and moved the capital from Hanoi to Hue in an effort to unite North and South, but in 1968 Hue was back in the news again as a fierce battle took place during the Tet offensive, during the three and a half weeks that the battle raged more than 10,000 people lost there lives, now thankfully as we are all aware Vietnam has its independence.
Our hotel was situated on the south of the perfume river and in my opinion the better side to stay as it has quite a few restaurants and bars and is also the location of the popular DMZ bar. The citadel however is on the north side of the river and a short taxi ride from where we were staying. When you approach the citadel you are confronted by a very tall flagpole with the Vietnamese flag proudly flying at the top, and although many of its buildings were destroyed in the Vietnam war there is a great deal of restoration going on to try to bring the Citadel back to its former glory, I would throughly recommend a visit.
Sorry about the lack of captions on the images but the Internet is severely restricted here in Vietnam and will not let me use my tablet to access the full wordpress site.
Image 1: Is of an ornate calender one of may which can be seen around the site.
Image 2: View from inside one of the walkways
Image 3: Restored ornate doors
Image 4: This is the view from a rooftop bar we were having a drink in, the bridge in the bridge in the background was bombed many times in the Vietnam war and continually rebuilt, the Americans only stopped bombing it when it was discovered that it was American POW’s was doing the rebuilding.
Image 5: one of the many ornate gates in and around the Citadel.