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Huế (021)
Huế (021)

16° 28′ 6″ N, 107° 34′ 43″ E

The Imperial City is a walled palace within the citadel of the city of Huế, the former imperial capital of Vietnam. The building was built in 1362, and took 203 years to complete. Many consider this building to be a symbol of wealth and power as boars carried the materials from Hội An.

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In June 1789 Nguyễn Ánh took control of Vietnam and proclaimed himself Emperor Gia Long. His rule was recognized by China in 1804. Gia Long consulted with geomancers to decide which was the best place for a new palace and citadel to be built. After the geomancers had decided on a suitable site in Huế, building began in 1804. Thousands of workers were ordered to produce a wall and moat, 10 km long. Initially the walls were earthen, but later these earthen walls were replaced by stone walls, 2 m thick.

The citadel was oriented to face the Huong River to the east. This was different from the Forbidden City in Beijing, which faces south. The Emperor’s palace is on the east side of the citadel, nearest the river. A second set of tall walls and a second moat was constructed around the Emperor’s palace. Many more palaces and gates and courtyards and gardens were subsequently added. The reigns of the last Vietnamese Emperors lasted until the mid-1900s. At the time, the Purple Forbidden City had many buildings and hundreds of rooms. It suffered from termite and cyclone damage, but was still very impressive. Many bullet holes left over from the Vietnam War can be observed on the stone walls.

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Hạ Long Bay (012)
Hạ Long Bay (012)

20° 56′ 37″ N, 107° 4′ 42″ E

Hạ Long Bay features thousands of limestone karsts and isles in various shapes and sizes. Hạ Long Bay is a center of a larger zone which includes Bái Tử Long Bay to the northeast, and Cát Bà Island to the southwest. Hạ Long Bay has an area of… [Read more]

Hanoi

Hanoi (034) Market
Hanoi (034)Market

21° 2′ 52″ N, 105° 50′ 12″ E

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Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City (003)
Ho Chi Minh City (003)

10° 44′ 58″ N, 106° 39′ 4″ E

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Hội An

Hội An (021)
Hội An (021)

15° 52′ 38″ N, 108° 19′ 33″ E

Hội An, formerly known as Fai-Fo or Faifoo, is a city in Vietnam’s Quảng Nam Province and noted since 1999 as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Old Town Hội An, the city’s historic district, is recognized as an exceptionally well-preserved example of a… [Read more]

Mekong (Vietnam)

Sa Đéc (007)
Sa Đéc (007)

10° 18′ 8″ N, 105° 45′ 47″ E

Sa Đéc is a provincial city in Đồng Tháp Province (Sa Đéc and Kiến Phong) in the Mekong Delta of southern Vietnam. It is a river port and agricultural and industrial trading center. Before the 19th century, it was the capital of Dong Khau Dao, and… [Read more]

Other sites in Vietnam

Buon Triet (006)
Buon Triet (006)

10° 23′ 1″ N, 105° 26′ 35″ E

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Vietnam

Hạ Long Bay (012)
Hạ Long Bay (012)

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