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Monday, September 19, 2016

Hué Monuments

Various architectural, cultural sites in Hué, Vietnam | Photos in this montage © Aneta Ribarska, Bruno Doucin, Patricia Alberth/UNESCO, and Vincent Ko Hon Chiu

Once serving as the capital of VIETNAM starting in 1802, Hué in central Vietnam now serves as the picturesque home of about 350,000 residents (2016 estimate). Until 1945, Hué boasted its designation as a cultural, political, and religious center of the Nguyen Dynasty. Despite destructive wars and the typical forces of building deterioration, plenty of architectural amazement remains visible in the city of Hué today. The Sông Huong (Perfume River) and Ngu Bình mountain both straddle the city and various places belonging in a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a site which was designated as a place of cultural importance in 1993. Some sites within the Heritage Site area include Điện Voi Ré (Temple of the Roaring Elephant), Hoàng Thành (Imperial City) palace, the Imperial Palace, Trai Bình Dài and Trai Bìn Thành fortresses, Tu Cam Thành (Forbidden Purple City) palace, and Van Mieu (Temple of Literature). Tombs of the dynasty's emperors are housed upstream along the Perfume River. To view more photos of this Heritage Site, access this UNESCO Image Gallery.

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