Phenomenal rail journeys of Asia
By Sukie Chapman
18 January 2018
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The city of Hue was the imperial capital of Vietnam during the Nguyen Dynasty, from 1892 to 1945 - when Emperor Bao Dai's rule was replaced by Hoi Chi Minh's revolutionary government. Hue is located on the banks of the 'Perfume River' and is famous for its immense citadel and its fantastic temples and palaces.
Explore the fascinating intertwined countries of Vietnam and Cambodia, from the bustling metropolis of Ho Chi Minh and the ancient kingdom of Angkor Wat, to the spectacular natural beauty and unmistakable outline of Halong Bay and the waterways of the Mekong Delta.… see more
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Located to the north of the Perfume River, four separate citadels together formed the capital city of the Nguyen Dynasty - Hoang Thanh (Imperial City), Tu Cam Thanh (Forbidden Purple City), Dai Noi (the inner city) and Tran Binh Dai. Through the large and peaceful citadel are dozens of temples, pavilions, six miles of defensive walls, gateways, moats, shops, museums and galleries. The citadel, like much of Hue, was badly damaged during various conflicts in the 20th century. Some areas within the citadel are now just open spaces where buildings and temples used to be, while many have been restored and more are undergoing painstaking restoration work.
Located along the Perfume River are the Tombs of the Emperors, most of which date from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The Emperors of the time were little more than figureheads for a country that was under French Colonial rule - as a result, the Emperors had plenty of time and little to do other than build themselves elaborate tombs. While some of the older tombs have fallen into disrepair and are undergoing restoration work, the more recent tombs are among the finest surviving examples of Vietnamese Buddhist architecture.