Sunday, June 25th, 2017

Exploring Hue’s Imperial Citadel


Imagine arriving in a new, unfamiliar city at 7:00 in the morning. You were on the sleeper bus for the past twelve hours and slept maybe one hour, tops.  You know you look awful.  All you want is a nap, but the hostel won’t let you check in for a few hours, and it’s cold, gray and rainy.

It doesn’t sound like the beginning of a great day, does it?

Well, it was. My boys and I knew we were only spending one day in Hue, Vietnam, so we were determined to make the most of it!

And we did that with a visit to Hue’s Imperial Citadel, a renowned UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Here are the best photos of the Citadel:

Talk about a dramatic entrance!

The day may have been gray, but the colors here were remarkable.

These killer fish were absolutely insane and would jump on top of each other to get the bread we tossed in.

Who says all statues have to be upright?

I loved imagining the people who lived at the height of the Nguyen Dynasty in this palace.

The colors, the decay…beyond beautiful.

You have no idea how hard it was not to bang that drum!

Hue isn’t quite as interesting as Vietnam’s other cities, but it’s definitely worth spending a day to check out the Citadel.

After our visit, I rewarded myself with a big bowl of pho bo and a nice, long nap.

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6 Responses to “Exploring Hue’s Imperial Citadel”
  1. Amanda says:

    Crazy that you posted this today! I literally just came over from Steph’s Twenty-Something Travel blog, where she posted about Hue, too! You guys both touched on the decay being beautiful there. Very interesting.

  2. Victoriana says:

    Love the pictures, the colors are quite striking. I also agree with the idea of a bowl of pho, I miss having good pho.

  3. Kirsty says:

    We loved exploring the Citadel for a day, we had boiling hot sunshine – great pictures but we were melting by the end!
    Beautiful place 🙂

  4. Vira says:

    Agreed. Hue is great for a one day trip, or maybe 2 days max. The colors at Citadel look nicer in rainy days, at least compared to when I visited it in bright daylight 1,5 yrs ago.

  5. Imperator says:

    I had the same horrible weather last year 🙁 I hope to come back some day on a sunny day, I am sure it really makes a different. However, it is quite atmospheric especially when there are few tourists (in the north-west corner)

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