A Visit to Huế’s Imperial City

Our day of sightseeting in Huế started out a little rainy and we had to take cover under a gazebo with some locals.

Rainy morning in Huế, Vietnam

Rainy morning in Huế, Vietnam

Locals waiting out the rain

Locals waiting out the rain

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.

Bridge and gate into Huế's Imperial City

Bridge and gate into Huế’s Imperial City

Cannons in the Imperial City

Cannons in the Imperial City

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.

Bonsai and plaza near former royal palace

Bonsai and plaza near former royal palace

Lion near royal palace

Lion near royal palace

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.

Large water barrel near royal palace

Large water barrel near royal palace

Palace building reflected in water barrel

Palace building reflected in water barrel

Tourists can pay to dress up like the emperor

Tourists can pay to dress up like the emperor

Royal theater building

Royal theater building

Dragon statue

Dragon statue

Hanging lantern

Hanging lantern

Gardens in the imperial city

Gardens in the imperial city

Vibrant colors in the imperial city

Vibrant colors in the imperial city

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.

Fishing pond in the imperial gardens

Fishing pond in the imperial gardens

Building in the imperial city

Building in the imperial city

Dragon carving

Dragon carving

Inside Huế's walled imperial city

Inside Huế’s walled imperial city

Former temple of royal family

Former temple of royal family

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.

Caroline in a long roofed walkway

Caroline in a long roofed walkway

Inside Huế's walled imperial city

Inside Huế’s walled imperial city

After walking around a while we had lunch nearby and walked back to the hotel. Caroline still isn’t feeling great so we laid around the hotel for the afternoon before heading out for a dinner nearby. Tomorrow we’ll be leaving Huế to head north. If you ever come through this way, this is a scenic town worth a visit. Make sure you stay at the Jade Hotel, the people there are friendly and their free breakfast has tasty pancakes!

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One thought on “A Visit to Huế’s Imperial City

  1. The detail in the dragon art is wonderful and their colors and architecture awesome – thanks for sharing…

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