Our day of sightseeting in Huế started out a little rainy and we had to take cover under a gazebo with some locals.
After the rain eased up we (bought an umbrella and) walked to the former Imperial City, which also encompasses the Forbidden Purple City, which is the former home of the emperors of Vietnam.
The Imperial City is pretty large and is surrounded by a wide moat. We walked over a narrow bridge and passed through one of the gate houses.
Once inside the Imperial City we proceeded into the former “forbidden” city where the emperors used to live. We weren’t allowed to take photos inside the former royal palace, but we took lots of photos of the surrounding buildings and gardens.
There were extensive gardens that were built specifically as a location for the education of young princes. They also had the large fishing pond seen below. I guess when you’re the emperor, nothing is too much.
There was impressive attention to detail all throughout the complex. Some buildings had been torn down in the years since the emperors fell from power, but it’s surprising so much of the complex is still intact.