Disadvantage that you can achieve everything through steep stairs ,so, for many elderly and disabled is not very easy to get up to the tomb, 127 steps up from street level
The Tomb was built on the side of a mountain
Khai Dinh's royal tomb is definitely not wheelchair-friendly
Upper at the temple enough to see the last king, well worth the effort to visit the place
From here a beautiful view over the countryside
Within the 10 km long walls is the Thai Hoa Palace, the former royal family
On this richly decorated building and pagodas and ports is still restored fortunately, since destroyed large parts of the citadel during the so-called Tet Offensive in the Vietnam War
For weeks, Americans competed here in 1968 against the Vietcong, only to win, meters area Or the citadel can ever be fully restored is not clear
It remains a unique complex where the names of the buildings as the Palace of Supreme Harmony Gates and Earthly Peace Pagoda of the Heavenly Lady sound magical if you want to enter the city, you have three inputs
Formerly the middle entrance only for the emperor, the other inputs were intended for the civil and military mandarins
Once inside you have the Square of the Great Ceremonies and the Palace of Supreme Harmony, only then starts the actual prohibition
We join the tour as it is easy to get from one place to another with tour bus
You'll travel through beautiful scenery and you can often get off to view, wonderful cultural heritage Mausoleums of Ngyun dynasty a relaxing way to see the culture
Sailing with a so-called "dragon boat" over the river and watch your eyes to the houseboats, sampans and boats, large and small, with all kinds of commodities are transported over the perfume river unbelievable
DMZ in Hue is one most spectacular place to visit, walking inside the tunnel is more interested to see what happen in real life to the people who lives inside during the war
One tunnel at Vinh Moc remains essentially as it look in 1966
We drove to Dong Ha with a Van among with others, that took two more hours
On the way, we crossed the Ben Hai River , the river is important because it is the dividing line between north and south Vietnam. But now, it's just a river. All that remained of whatever fortifications had been employed during the war was a single bunker on the north side
And then back on the bus an hour later, finally, the Vinh Moc Tunnels
The tunnels are an amazing achievement of human toil and engineering with little else at their disposal but cunning and determination, the Vietnamese had constructed the tunnels to provide shelter from regular bombings by American planes
During the war, people lived in here, men and women fell in love, got married, and had babies here, children were educated in the dark narrow passageways, and wounded soldiers were cared for and nurtured back to health
Looking at the tunnels, it was easy to understand why this small, beleaguered nation could take on the greatest military power on the planet and win
It was used in Vietnam that the children of the emperor for their father a tomb with various buildings on to focus on history and do large stone plateaus
Emperor Tu Duc did have 103 women but had no children, so he himself had built the tomb and engrave a plateau in its history
The tomb was completed in 1867 and Tu Duc died in 1885
In the 18 years between the completion of the buildings and his death, he spent many hours in the tea house on the waterfront
The property extends over a beautiful garden the summer pavilion is beautifully situated in a lotus pond
The Citadel was built between 1805 to 1832, on the Northern bank of the Perfume River.
It has an area of 500ha and a system of three circles of ramparts, namely from outside to inside: Kinh Thanh Hue (Hue Capital Citadel), Hoang Thanh (Royal Citadel) and Tu Cam Thanh (Forbidden Citadel).
There are ten gates to access the Citadel, each with a two story watch tower. The gates are named according to their direction of exit.
The Citadel was built to accommodate 24 bastions with over 400 canons.
The royal complex of Hue has been officially recognized by the UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
A MUST VISIT IN HUE
I visited on my City Tour, so admission was included in the Tour price.
The Thien Mu pagoda is from 1601 and one of the nicest pagodas in Hue.
It's a few kilometers out of town and apart from being a nice pagoda it's also a very nice place to observe the life og vietnamese buddhist munks as there are quite a few of them there.
They also have many novices there and you can often see them play around the grounds but be ware that they are quite shy and usually do not talk to strangers.
They also have a large bell at the pagoda complex resting on the back of a big stone turtle.
This is one of my favorite pagodas in Vietnam because it on top of being scenic also is an active pagoda where you can observe the life of the munks.
The citadel is where the last royal dynasty of Vietnam recided.
they ruled Vietnam from 1802 to 1945 and had a grand palace in Hue on the banks of the perfume river.
Unfortunately Hue was one of the biggest battle grounds in the Vietnam war because it was right at the border of north and south Vietnam and these battles destroyed the citadel almost completely.
these days UNESCO has come in and and declared it world heritage and pumped a lot of money in to a restoration and rebuilding of the citadel and that means the place is very well worth visiting today.
Some of the old places are still intact and many other are restored to a point where you get a good idea of how the last kings of Vietnam lived.
Thuy Biew is a beautiful land of citruit fruit, everywhere. People called it "thanh tra" or green tea fruit, weirdo. It tastes quite special yet a bit mild for my sweet teeth. I love riding around the village, very green and relaxing atmosphere. Small cottages nestled in luxuriant fruit garden and friendly people, the simple things and laid back life, perfectly what we aim to explore. We also enjoyed the cooking class, making traditional printing painting and relaxing in its open riverside restaurant to see the life on Perfume River. The blind massage and herbal treatment is quite good for my feet, too. Overall, a perfect place to refresh your tired body and soul, immerse in fresh air and pure nature.
At the Thien Mu pagoda in the outskirts of Hue you have an old car standing in the garage.
This is the car that the munk Thich Quang Duc drove to Saigon in 1963 where he set fire to himself as a protest against the South Vietnamese goverment that was at the time led by a catholic president who was very repressive towards the buddhist munks.
This action is generally seen as the action that started the Vietnam was, or the american was as the vietnamese call it.
Today you can see the car at the pagoda and next to it is a photo of the munk sitting in lotus position in the streets of Saigon burning himself to death.
Sleeping aboard a traditional boat on the Huong river is a highlight of our trip in Hue. The Perfume River Emotion allowed us to experience laidback life of Hue and its spectacular sceneries, things I had never seen: the moon shining with extraordinary brilliancy silvering the river surface. They also brought us the chance to see Hue from a different angle, from the river. Loved the biking around Hue countryside, cooking class in Thuy biew vilage, foot herbal water treatment and blind massage too.
While staying in Hue city and not far from the River I decided that I would hire a "Cyclo" for the day and visit the Citadel located just across on the other side of the Perfumed River..The cyclo was a good choice and just so easy to get around in and also inexpensive...I worked out a price for the Cyclo and Driver before setting off as I wanted him to wait for me while I visited this huge complex...The Citadel..This is a city within a city and is in many places still being rebuilt even after the many years after so much destruction..as this was the site that saw the biggest battle of the US Vietnam War ,known as the TET offensive of TET 1968 Vietnamese New Year and certainly was a scene of incredible fighting and destruction .
This was the Capital of Vietnam for a very long time with various rulers and dynasties and was a major centre of Learning and Religion for Centuries...to walk around this huge area is to wonder what it must have been like in those many years ago before seeing so much destruction happen here..although there are still many wonderful ancient buildings left to see....This is really worth the day 's visit..
This is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
We went with one of the many companies who are doing boat rides to the sights along the river.
Along Perfume river there are several tombs of the old Emperors and the Thien Mu Pagoda, the tallest pagoda in Vietnam.
Pagoda with seven storeys, the tallest pagoda in Vietnam.
The temple area also houses the blue Austin motorcar which Thich Quang Duc was driven to his own Immolation in Saigon in 1963 against the Diem regime. It was the first of a series of self-immolations by members of the Buddhist clergy, which brought the situation for Buddhists to the attention for the international community
If you walk along Le Loi street, you can see many remnant of French architectural buildings including art galleries, a university, few churches nearby the neighborhood. Get a drink at cafe Long Gio, enjoy the river views over Cau Phu Xuan bridge and the street scenes are amazing too. You can see how some of the locals use rickshaws to carry heavy stuffs including furniture. oh yeah!!