I didn’t post for Thursday Doors last week as I was en route to Vietnam.
I’ve now reached Huế in Central Vietnam.
Huế was the seat of Nguyen Dynasty emperors and the national capital from 1802-1945.
The city is located in central Vietnam on the banks of the Perfume River, just a few miles inland from the East Sea. It is about 700 km (430 mi) south of Hanoi and about 1,100 km (680 mi) north of Hồ Chí Minh City.
During the Republic of Vietnam, Huế’s central location very near the border between the North and South put it in a vulnerable position in the Vietnam War.
In the Tết Offensive of 1968, during the Battle of Huế, the city suffered considerable damage not only to its physical features, but its reputation as well, due to a combination of the American military bombing of historic buildings held by the North Vietnamese, and the massacre at Huế committed by the communist forces.
After the war’s conclusion, many of the historic features of Huế were neglected because they were seen by the victorious communist regime and some other Vietnamese as “relics from the feudal regime”; the Vietnamese Communist Party doctrine officially described the Nguyễn Dynasty as “feudal” and “reactionary.” There has since been a change of policy, however, and many historical areas of the city are currently being restored.
And beautifully so. Huế is the place to see tombs, pagodas, temples and the Imperial City and dive into the history of the Emperor dynasties.
I’ve started with tombs ( these tombs are equivalent to country estates) and am working up to the Imperial City for my final day.
I’m not one for coach tours, so having found a great Vietnamese motorbike driver in Hoi An (who touted me on the side of the street.Yeah, I know, I did wonder what I was getting into, but, hey, I’m grown up now…) and who gave me an amazing day out in the villages around Hoi An, we made an arrangement that suited us both for 2 days biking around Hue.
Today was Tomb and Pagoda day. Impressive. All beautifully kept and such serene places, steeped in tradition.
It was a joy to do history and culture today, and then cool down on the back of a bike.
Walk with me around the tomb of Emperor Tự Đức who was the fourth emperor of the Nguyễn Dynasty of Vietnam and reigned from 1847–1883. Concentrating on doors of course…(and arches too, forgive me Norm, I couldn’t leave them out!)
Information about Huế from Wikipedia.
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