Hue Imperial Citadel is the only capital city of the Vietnamese monarchy that remains today. It was on principles of the Oriental feng-shui that walls and royal palaces of Hue were systematically planned and constructed.

This architectural complex faces southeast, taking the Royal Screen Mount as a natural screen. Two islets in the Perfume River play the roles of “Left Dragon” and “Right Tiger” guarding the city.

Over 10,000m in circumference, the first wall, known as the Hue imperial citadel, is solidly built for the protection of all court activities.

Hue imperial citadel

Hue Imperial Citadel

Imperial City, the second wall, around 2,400 m in circumference, is dotted with offices where the monarch and high-ranking mandarins came for daily work.

Forbidden Purple City, the third wall, about 1,200 m in circumference, is private quarters of the Emperor and his family.

Within these three walls are hundreds of monuments including palaces for Ministries, Institutes and other bodies of the Court, dozens of buildings and royal temples living apartments, royal gardens, artificial canals where Emperors came for rest and entertainment.

In general, monuments of Hue imperial citadel are made chiefly of ironwood and some other Vietnamese traditional materials. They are constructed, however, on a specific “module” much in accordance with the characteristic climate and nature of the region.

Seriously damaged by time and war though, walls and royal palaces of Hue imperial citadel are highly esteemed and financially supported for restoration.

Hue city is one of the ancient capitals of the world that maintains a cultural heritage of national.  On making Hue capital of Viet Nam early in the 19th, Nguyen Dynasty had constructed here a complete urban complex.

Aside from the Hue imperial citadel, Royal tombs  is another must see in Hue. If the weather is fine and take part in Hue city tour by motorbike with Hue Easy Rider team and get explore Hue in your way

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