A step back in time
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People i met here, who contributed to and improved my trip: Juliana (Russia)
We arrived into Hue around 6.30am and decided to go straight to bed as the bus journey had been somewhat uncomfortable, with the driver trying to impersonate Michael Schumacher. When we eventually woke up we grabbed a spot of lunch and headed for the ancient citadel.
Having passed through the impressive flag tower, we entered the main gates of the complex. During the Vietnam War, fierce battles were fought in and around the citadel, leading to much of its destruction. Thankfully some loving restoration has seen many of the buildings restored to former glory and we spent a few hours strolling in and out of different sections, with the highlight been the Forbidden Purple City, which is within the Imperial Enclosure.
The following day was an early start to go on a boat trip to the Royal tombs and surrounding attractions of Hue. Our first stop was the impressive Thien Mu Pagoda, situated on the river bank and after half an hour walking around the surrounding gardens, we jumped back on the boat and went to the Tomb of Tu Duc. The complex was very relaxing with 4 tombs including his adopted child and wife. There was also a nice small lake and garden to walk around.
Back on the boat we were served our lunch before heading to Hon Chen Temple, which has to be the worst tourist attraction in the World. For around $1.50 (quite a lot in terms of Vietnamese tourist attractions), there was only one building that wasn't even impressive and we couldn't believe that we had been brought to such a pathetic place! The last tomb we chose to visit was thankfully more impressive. The tomb of Minh Mang had some nice architecture and also some gardens and waterways. At the far end of the complex was an overgrown island where Minh Mang's body was buried in an unknown location, to prevent any invaders trying to destroy his remains. Tour over, the boat sailed back up the Song Huong (Perfume River) to Hue