Citadel (Purple forbidden city in Hue)

On the first day in Hue we went to the Citadel. A huge complex, with a wall of 10 kilometer and original 160 buildings with palaces and temples of former emperor Gia Long built from 1804. We didn’t go with a tour and at the sight itself wasn’t any explanation whatsoever, so we just wandered through the maze for hours to be amazed by many beautiful buildings and ruins.

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The tuctuc driver was temporarily closed for business. We took a (long and sweaty) walk instead to the citadel.
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A large fort before the entrance, remains from the war.
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The front entrance of the city.

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The ponds in front where full of carps.
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Feeding these obese beasts is always good cheap entertainment.
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Does this thing still work?

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The first beautiful restored temple we found. One of many.
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The details of mozaic from pottery are quite nice.

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Wandering through the garden.
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And posing like a Japanese with a ridiculous looking hat.
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Next to the temple was a pond and a garden.
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This piece of the wall was still original. Most of the structures, however, had been destroyed in the Vietnam war.

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Sanne discovered this pond also had some carps that needed feeding.
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Going from the north east part of the citadel to the exit we walked through a field with almost completely destroyed buildings. Even the ruins where barely visable.
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Only a reconstructed gazebo was in this area.
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And bushes in the form of the holy animals.
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At his point we though we saw most of the citadel and only some ruines not really worth seeing remained. We where totally wrong. Going through a field of ruines with only some broken wall we discovered much more nice things and in the end we just kept looking around until it was nearly sunset and where kicked out.

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Taking a break with a Mars and a Coke.
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In an obscure corner we found this bunker left over from the war.

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The west gate of the citadel.

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And yet another temple.
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An interesting mosaic wall.
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And and even more interesting gutter.

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We ate in a restaurant where they serve typical street food. The ambiance was so so (cheap plastic chairs, TL-light and dirty floors full of chicken bones) but the food was very tasty.

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