Hue

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The ancient imperial city of Hue, comprising a moated outer Citadel, the Imperial Enclosure and the Forbidden Purple City.

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The Nine Dynastic Urns, one for each of the nine Nguyen Emperors. The bigger urn in the center is dedicated to Gia Long the founder of the Nguyen Dynasty.

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The Forbidden Purple City.

Within these walls was  the private residence of the royal family.  Extensively damaged during the Tet Offensive of 1968

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Amid the ruins and the vegetable plots of the Forbidden City is the library, a two storey building which has  been partially restored.

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Minh Mang's Mausoleum on the banks of the Perfume River.

Stone figures guard the honour courtyard at the entrance to the tomb.

Minh Mang was the dynasties second Emperor and built the Imperial City.

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The Tombs of seven Emperors  are sited in the hills on either side of the Perfume River in the Valley of the Nguyen Kings.

They can be reached by car or by boat.

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Thai Hoe Palace  Within the Citadel and surrounding the Forbidden City is the Imperial Enclosure where all the official ceremonies took place.   It was here at the Palace that the last Nguyen Emperor abdicated to Ho Chi Minh's delegation in 1945

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Courtyard, gates and gardens, Tomb of Minh Mang. 

The best time to visit is in mid March when the lakes within the grounds are covered with lotus blooms.

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