Hue rhymes with Grey...quite fitting

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Emperor Tu Duc's private hunting island on the right...looks dodgy!
Ah yes. Once we hit Hue the rains came and despite it all we donned those crazy plastic film-like ponchos everyone wears over there and jumped on the backs of motorbikes for a tour round the place. Despite the weather it was a real buzz cruising around on these bikes, soaking up the scenery.

We visited an orphanage and a Buddhist temple then arrived at the tomb of Emperor Tu Duc.
It was a pretty cool place to see, the lake with his house and private hunting island would've been a postcard scene, if not for the weather...

The leadup to the tomb itself was on a grand scale also with many statues and archways, bit anti-climatic really, haha.
Next we were off to see some elephant and tiger fights, which sounded sweet, if not for the fact they stopped them hundreds of years ago and we just saw the arena where it took place.
Thien Mu Pagoda
You can't have everything can you? ;P

Thien Mu Pagoda was also on the cards followed by a river cruise back to the hotel.
This structure houses a shrine to the buddhist monk, Thich Quang Duc, who self-immolated himself in protest against the South Vietnamese government's persecution of Buddhism in 1963.
The car he drove to Saigon in is on display here, as well as the famous picture of his death, featured on the cover of
Rage Against The Machine's first album.

The ancient citadel of Hue was also a interesting to see, we hired pushies and cycled to it. There's still some awesome buldings there but unfortunately most of the complex was bombed to rubble during the war...a sad loss.
ivy says:
Didi it rain? Quel surpise:-) I had rain in Vietnam, as do friends and co-workers...
And love that album from Rage against the machine!
Posted on: Apr 25, 2012
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Emperor Tu Ducs private hunting i…
Emperor Tu Duc's private hunting …
Thien Mu Pagoda
Thien Mu Pagoda
Stand up for your rights!
Stand up for your rights!
Citadel postcard style
Citadel postcard style
Tigers vs. elephant. Fight fight f…
Tigers vs. elephant. Fight fight …
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